person_pin Okey Onwuka
query_builder July 19, 2019 09:47:13


By Ebele 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.

The commissioner thanked them for finding time to felicitate with him over his new appointment and he also applauded their action.

Chairman, NMA, 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.

``Our association 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 said.

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)