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NARD Blasts FG, States Over Poor Healthcare

Posted: Sep 12, 2016 at 7:52 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Emmanuel Nzomiwu

Enugu – The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has taken a swipe at the federal and state governments over the poor state of healthcare delivery in the country.

Addressing a press conference at the end of the 26th Annual General Meeting of the association in Enugu, Dr. John Ugochukwu Onyebueze, the newly elected President, said the resident doctors have noted the deplorable state of hospitals in the country and refusal of the chief executives to implement the structural plans of the hospital.

Onyebueze observed that most of the hospitals in the country do not look like hospitals and are structurally defective, thereby hampering efforts at revamping healthcare in the country.

The NARD President lamented the poor maintenance culture and inadequate equipment of the hospitals, saying the situation in the hospitals left much to be desired.

“Are you talking about the rickety beds in the accident and emergency? We do not even have gloves and emergency tools. We do not have pens to write and make prescriptions. We are saying that this thing must not continue,” Onyebueze said.

He decried the deplorable conditions of remunerations of resident doctors in State Tertiary Health Institutions (STHIs) with most having to endure many months without salaries while others have been confined to irregular emoluments of varying percentages even in the present arduous economic conditions.

“Prominent among them are LAUTECH Ogbomosho, LTH Osogbo, NDUTH Okolobiri, ABSUTH Aba, IMSUTH Orlu, KSSH Lokoja, ESUTH Enugu and EKSUTH Ado-Ekiti,” he said.

Dr. Onyebueze said that part of the six-point agenda of his new administration include the campaign for improved access to healthcare delivery in Nigeria and the implementation of National Health Act.

He urged government to pay attention to infrastructure in the hospitals to enable the common man to access healthcare.

Onyebueze regretted that Nigerians travel overseas for medical care, whereas in some of those countries, their doctors were not as trained as the local doctors in Nigeria.

He disclosed that NARD would embark on advocacy on infectious disease control to ensure that Nigerians were not killed in large numbers by diseases such as Lassa fever and Zika virus.