The Edo State chapter of Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), yesterday, issued a 21-day ultimatum to the state government to as a matter of urgency, address the decay in infrastructure, work place environment and poor condition of service in the State Hospital Management Board (SHMB).
The ultimatum is coming barely 24hours after the national leadership of the NMA suspended its planned nationwide strike scheduled for January 6.
Addressing journalists in Benin, the State Chairman of the association, Dr. Emmanuel Ighodaro said the 21-day ultimatum which commenced from January 6 was amongst others, to ensure that the healthcare system in the state meets International Best Practice and the need to address the numerous issues militating against qualitative health care delivery system in the state.
He decried the poor state of government health facilities across the state, saying that the 150 doctors in the state employment, were working in overcrowded government hospitals across the three senatorial zones in the state. He noted that the doctors were not enough to man the huge health needs of Edo people.
“Despite all presentations, representations and efforts made by NMA and other stakeholders to Edo State Government in different fora on the decay of health infrastructures, work place environment and poor condition of service, the government has not shown convincing commitment at addressing the myriad of problems confronting the health sector in the state,” Dr. Ighodaro said.
He stated that there was a display of high level of insensitivity to the health burden and sufferings of Edo people due to the parlous state of health facilities with the health indices/status of Edo people allegedly worsening by the day.
The NMA chairman frowned at multiple taxation of private health facilities in the state and incessant harassment of its members by legal and illegal agents of the Edo State Government and urged Governor Adams Oshiomhole to urgently address the issues raised and avert the imminent health crisis ahead of the expiration of the 21-day ultimatum.