Raymond Ozoji, Awka
The Chairman, Nigerian Medical Association, Anambra state branch, Dr. Jide Onyekwelu, has commended Governor Willie Obiano for the establishment of the Anambra State Health Insurance Agency.
Onyekwelu stated that the establishment of the agency was a laudable initiative and that through it, citizens had been able to access quality health care services at little or no cost.
He described the health insurance scheme as accessible, saying that Governor Obiano should be given a pat on the back for his innovations in the health sector as well as his timely response to the health needs of the citizens of Anambra state.
The NMA chairman also disclosed that the conditions of service for resident doctors at Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital had improved. According to him, they were receiving 40% of their salaries but the state government had to increase it to 70% which was commendable.
Although he observed that it was not yet Uhuru as government should strive to meet the full implementation of their Consolidated Salary Scale, he equally expressed satisfaction with the confirmation of appointments of more resident doctors in Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital by the state government and the promotion of those due for promotion.
Onyekwelu also drew attention to the primary health care centres, saying that the conditions of the PHCs had increased patronage of native doctors and traditional birth attendants by rural women, noting that most times most of the women died out of complications while trying to give birth.
Meanwhile, Executive Secretary of the Anambra State Primary Healthcare Development Agency Dr. Chioma Ezenyimulu said patronage of native doctors by women in labour has to do with traditional cum cultural beliefs not necessarily lack of primary health care facilities at the grassroots.
She said there were doctors, nurses, midwives and community health extension workers who worked at the primary health care facilities even though she appealed for the employment of more medical personnel at those facilities to replace the ones retiring from active service.