Written by Austine ELEMUE

FCT NMA expresses satisfaction over healthcare delivery

Doctors under the aegis of Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, in the Federal Capital Territory have expressed satisfaction with the progress the Administration is recording in the healthcare sub sector. 

The group specifically expressed delight that the FCT minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, has delivered on the pledges he made to the current executives of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, when the executives visited him two years ago.

Chairman of FCT NMA, Dr. Achonwa Chiedozie, made this disclosure when he led the Local Organising Committee, LOC, for the forthcoming NMA Annual General/Scientific Conference on a courtesy call.

Briefing the minister on the conference scheduled for April 29 to May 6, 2018 in Abuja, the chairman recalled the minister’s pledge to open two new hospitals every year to keep pace with the demographic change and healthcare needs of the Territory.

Other pledges include; rectifying the cases of doctors affected by placement on improper salary structures, capacity building and across board improvement in various departments of healthcare institutions in the FCTA.

According to the NMA chairman, “we have observed the sure and steady delivery on these promises, as we have witnessed the opening of two new hospitals last year and are very hopeful that same will be done this year.”

Chiedozie commended the FCT Administration because of increase in the number of FCT health institutions that have been accredited for residency trainings.

This, he described as an eloquent indication of significant improvement in the standards of these institutions in the life of the present FCT Administration.

His words, “the growth in the number of hospitals has significantly increased the number of bed-spaces and positively impacted on healthcare delivery in the FCT, and for which we want to commend your efforts.”

According to him, a major highlight of the forthcoming conference is a plan by the national body to undertake a two-day free medical outreach, involving surgery and consultations, in Abaji General Hospital for a targeted 500 patients.

Over 1000 medical doctors, he said, would be converging on Abuja from across the 36 states of the federation and abroad.

In his remarks at the occasion, FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, expressed readiness to continue to work with the Association towards the improvement of healthcare delivery in the FCT.

He indicated that paucity of funds has affected the passion of the administration to meet up with its ambition for a significant leap in healthcare delivery in the Territory.

Bello indicated that the strategy of the administration is to encourage private sector investments in the area by creating enabling environment and facilitating ease of doing business.

 

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