By Steve Unegbu
The Abia state House of Assembly has restated their readiness to partner with the Nigerian Medical Association Abia state chapter in conjunction with the Governor of Abia state to bring a lasting solution to the problem of salary payment in the health sector of the State .
Addressing the members of Abia state NMA during their Annual General Meeting held at Villa Roy hotel Umuahia ,the Speaker of the 7th Abia state House of Assembly ,Rt Hon.Chinedum Orji vowed to make legislations and oversight functions that will ensure that Abians enjoy a better health care delivery system.
The Speaker who was represented by Hon.Barrister Jerry Uzosike of Umuahia South State constituency, pointed out that because of the importance the present administration led by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu placed on health care delivery ,that the 7th House of Assembly in conjunction with the Governor ,will work out means of making those problems a thing of the past .
His words ,” By the time we are through ,suggestions will be made on how to solve the problem of salary payment. I want to assure you that in no distance time ,the issue of salary payment will be a thing of the past. Do not expect things to remain the way it is in the past .We are going to bring solutions to those problems that have lingered ” he noted
, the Speaker who reiterated government commitment to the provision of effective healthcare system in the State, reminded the medical association that Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has paid the State’s counterpart funds for Sustainable Development Goals to the relevant authorities, that being the reason Abians have been enjoying the benefits of SDGs on health and education. He assured them that “the Abia State House of Assembly will use the necessary legislative instruments to ensure that each State Constituency has, at least, one functional primary health centre where our rural dwellers can easily access health services”. “I thank the leadership of NMA in Abia State as headed by Dr Mrs Carol Iwuoha for their strides so far. I assure them that once the House ad hoc Committee on Health submits its report on resumption of the Assembly, some of the challenges militating against doctors in public health institutions especially as it affects their remuneration will be addressed in collaboration with the Executive”.
In her address, Chairman of the State Chapter of NMA, Dr Mrs Carol . Iwuoha, called on each Member of the Abia State House of Assembly to prioritize enhancement of healthcare services in their respective constituencies and go a step further by taking responsibility for, at least, one Primary Healthcare Centre in such constituencies in order to make them model centres.
She further said that the NMA on its part is committed to enhancing healthcare delivery in the State and that it would continue to contribute to the capacity building of its members across Abia.
She urged doctors who are frontline providers of healthcare to have regular health check themselves in line with their new Hippocratic Oath which emphasizes the need for the physician to be healthy in order to enable him handle the sick effectively