NMA Advises Gov Ayade To Recruit More Medical Doctors
The Cross River gov
ernment has been ad
vised to recruit more doctors into the health system and implement the salary structure with a view to encourage doctors to serve.
The state chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Dr Agam Ayuk, gave the advice recently in the wake of mass exodus of doctors in the state .
The doctors have left due to nonpayment of salaries and non-implementation of the 100 per cent Consolidated Medical Salary Structure by the state government, The Pioneer has gathered.
Ayuk said: "The doctors have not been enough in the state, there have been effort to increase the number although it is grossly inadequate."
According to him, "It is difficult for the state to sustain more doctors because of the issue of remuneration. Some doctors under the state employ usually leave for greener pastures when any opportunity comes because the working condition is not favourable."
A medical doctor, Dr Ekpoanwan Okon, who spoke with journalists, said that most of her colleagues have already left for greener pastures, even outside the state.
Okon said: "As I am talking right now, I have been connected to work at Akwa Ibom Health offices and they have welcomed me for a meeting this week. My choice to look for another work outside Cross River was an excruciating choice."
Hear her: "How might you work in a spot like government emergency clinic in Cross River yet no pay, no materials to work with. For example, no solution sheets, no envelopes, no test sheets and so on."
She further said: "Imagine the number of people (patients) here but only two of us are attending to them."
The permanent secretary, State Ministry of Health, Dr Joseph Bassey, however, assured, "we are doing all we can under the circumstances."
Bassey said, "While it is true that the state health sector is experiencing acute staff shortage in all cadres of healthcare, the government of Sir Ben Ayade, as a very humane government, is seriously concerned and is putting in place modalities to mitigate the effects of this on the health workforce and service delivery as a whole."