Medical Doctors under the umbrella of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in the Federal Capital Territory have expressed satisfaction with the steadily improving health care delivery in the nation’s capital.
According to them, they were delighted that the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, has delivered on the pledges he made to the current executives of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA)when the executives visited him two years ago.
FCT NMA Chairman, Dr. Achonwa Chiedozie, made this disclosure when he led the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the forthcoming NMA Annual General/Scientific Conference on a courtesy call on the FCT Minister in his office, on Tuesday.
Briefing the Minister on the conference scheduled for Abuja, this year, the Chairman recalled the Minister’s pledge to open two new hospitals every year to keep pace with the demographic change and health care needs of the Territory.
He added that others include; rectifying the cases of Doctors affected by placement on improper salary structures, capacity building and across board improvement in various departments of health care institutions in the FCTA.
According to him, “we have observed the sure and steady delivery on these promises, as we have witnessed the opening of two new hospitals last year and are very hopeful that same will be done this year.”
He commended the FCT Administration because of increase in the number of FCT Health institutions that have been accredited for residency trainings.
This, the Doctor described as a very good indication of significant improvement in the standards of these institutions in the life of the current FCT Administration.
He said: “The growth in the number of hospitals has significantly increased the number of bed-spaces and positively impacted on health care delivery in the FCT, and for which we want to commend your efforts, Honourable Minister.”
He disclosed that over 1000 Medical Doctors, he said, would be converging in Abuja from across the 36 states of the federation, abroad as well as the diaspora.
The Association’s Chairman lauded its partnerships with the FCT Administration, which according to him has yielded positive results as the Association has trained a total of 150 health assistants selected from various Primary Health Care Centres in the FCT on neonatal resuscitation.
He further revealed that they also have a plan to train a further 65. In the same vein it has adopted the Dabi-Bako Primary Health Care in Kwali Area Council for the purpose of free medical consultations.
“Members visit the Centre every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, to give 3 hours of consultations. It also plans to increase the number in due course.”
Also speaking, FCT Minister, Malam Bello, expressed readiness to continue to work with the Association towards the improvement of health care delivery in the FCT.
Bello decried that paucity of funds has affected the passion of the Administration to meet up with its ambition for a significant leap in health care delivery in the Territory.
He also lamented that the incidence of drug abuse has spilled beyond youths to adults, women and event mothers, whom he described as the bedrock of the home.
However, the Minister indicated that the strategy of the Administration is to encourage private sector investments in the area by creating enabling environment and facilitating ease of doing business.
He revealed that some private sector-driven specialist hospitals are coming on stream in the FCT health care landscape which he hopes would reduce health tourism from Nigeria.
He reiterated his commitment towards the establishments of a Centre for Infectious Diseases in Abuja as well as a world class rehabilitation centre for victims of drug abuse.
Bello allayed the concern of private medical practitioners over multiple taxation that the FCT Internal Revenue Service will work for a friendlier tax regime for businesses that centre on critical areas of human services.