Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
Medical doctors in Rivers State, yesterday, said they are facing the problems of poor funding and insecurity in the discharge of their duties.
The doctors under the umbrella of Nigerian Medical Association, (NMA) disclosed this in Port Harcourt during the opening of its 2016 Physicians’ Week, with the theme, ‘Health Care in a Frail Economy: Challenges and Way Forward’.
Speaking, the State Chairman of NMA, Dr. Datonye Alasia, stated that insecurity in the state which he said is also in other parts of the country is affecting the activities of medical doctors to deliver health care services to the public.
Alasia worried that often times that healthcare facilities have been attacked by hoodlums and doctors are been kidnapped, stressing that such acts puts health services in danger.
He also pointed out that the refusal of the government to implement the National Health Act, NHA, which was enacted in 2014 is causing set back to the sector, stating that the act would improve the health sector of the nation.
Alasia said: “For the first time we had a law that created a framework for the funding and structure for the health care system and the rights of citizens. Sadly, since 2014 the key provisions that dealt with funding and financing of health care have not been given attention. We want the government to give attention to it.
“There is the issue of insecurity in the state and some other parts of the country. Health care facilities and doctors are attacked on daily basis. There is also the issue of remuneration. Some doctors are not been paid and you don’t expect them to.
“There is human resource gape and it is a big issue. There should be proper funding for healthcare in state and the country so that our challenges can be surmounted.