Egoh/Chukwudi Nwauba :
Awka, July 18, 2019
(MOI) Anambra Health Commissioner, Dr Vincent Okpala has assured the state
chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) of Government ‘s readiness to
review the salary structure for doctors in the state.
Dr Okpala said this,
when Executive Members of the NMA paid him courtesy visit in his office at the
Jerome Udoji Secretariat Complex, Awka.
He commended the
group for their support to government, noting that his major concern was to
make the health system to work.
``My job as commissioner
is to help to build strong healthcare system in the state.”
Dr Okpala enjoined
them to make their inputs on how best the health system could work.
He assured the group
that he would look into the issue; they brought before him as well as to
discuss them with Gov. Willie Obiano.
thanked them for finding time to felicitate with him over his new appointment
and he also applauded their action.
Anambra Chapter, Dr Emmanuel Monago called on the state government for full
implementation of Consolidated Medical Salary Scale (CONMESS).
He noted that in the
past doctors embarked on strike in 2011-2012 because of non full implementation
of CONMESS, but with the intervention of well meaning Ndi Anambra, the
agreement was up for review.
``The agreement has
led to the suspension of the strike. Until this moment, doctors are still
placed on 50 per cent CONMESS,'' he explained.
He appealed to the
commissioner to look into the plight of doctors and make their salaries more
attractive so as to retain their services.
Dr Monago pointed out
that the number of doctors diminished daily as young doctors look for
employment elsewhere, where they could earn better salaries.
``If you get to the
civil service you will find out that there is disconnect; senior doctors are
retiring and going home, dyeing with their wealth of experience.’’
He assured the
commissioner that the group would continue to give their support to the state
as they had done in the past.
The chairman noted
that last year, NMA donated units of trench toilets to the internally displaced
persons’ camp at Atani, Ogbaru LGA.
``This curbed the
menace of open defecation and the attendant breeding of flies and rodents that
are agents of faco-oral transmissions of diarrhea within the centre.
also donated drugs, food items, money as well as attended to people with health
challenges in the camp throughout the period of the flooding last year,” he
He commended the
state government for giant strides in the health sector and prayed God to grant
the commissioner more wisdom to pilot affairs of the ministry.
He, then, appealed
for the association to be provided with land on where they would build Doctors’
Secretariat, just as had been done in some other states.
Among the people that
attended the event are Prof. Jude Kennedy Emejulu, Professor of Neurosurgery,
Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Dr Jide Onyekwelu, Dr Louis Nwajiaku, Dr Patrick
Ezeno and Dr Chukwudi Njelita. (MOI)