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Morale of doctors, other health workers low, NMA raises the alarm

By Hassan Zaggi

The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has raised the alarm that morale of doctors and other work force in the health sector is at an all-time low in Nigeria.
The NMA Chairman, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Chapter, Dr Enema Amodu, raised the alarm at  a media briefing in Abuja.
The reasons for the all-time low morale of the medical doctors and other health workers, according to him, include “the wake of COVID 19 pandemic, migration of doctors and other health workers in their droves for search of greener pastures (BRAIN DRAIN), disharmony in the health sector amongst health workers, breakdown or epileptic health care delivery vis a viz strikes and industrial actions of health workforce e.g present NARD strike, are some of the problems facing the health sector.”
Other challenges that are almost crippling the health sector apart, he revealed, are poor remuneration and motivation of health care workers including the unreasonable hazard allowance, improper life insurance, etc for health workers including doctors; casualization of health workers, across the various professionals including doctors at the different tiers of government.
The combination of these issues, he said, led to the lack of dedication and commitment to duty. -lack of adequate and necessary facilities for efficient and effective service delivery such as MRI, CT scan machines.
Dr. Amodu, therefore, called on the federal government to give priority to the health sector.
“Ensure the proper allocation is given to health. The Abuja declaration of 15% of the budget be adhered to; that way we can have improvement in both the welfare of the healthcare practitioners, as well as adequate provision of infrastructures.
“The agitations and demands of the various body and affiliates of the NMA such as NARD have merits, and they should be sincerely addressed with a view of resolving them. We stand with NARD in solidarity,” he said
He further charged health care workers in the country to remain united in their resolve to end what he described as  poor indices in the health sector.
“Let us be united in our resolve to put an end to the poor indices in the health sector by stopping the disharmony, distrust and disrespect among us as doctors, and other health workers.
“For as long as we are divided, we will not achieve any positive thing in the health sector, improve working conditions, remunerations, better facilities will positively impact on every health care worker.
“So lets us come together, and demand better working conditions for health workers,” he said.
The NMA Chairman, said that their priority are the patients.
“A doctor or healthcare provider that is unhappy, poorly motivated, distracted will not be able to discharge his duties diligently despite the oath sworn at induction into the profession.
“Therefore, we call on our patients to appeal to the government and her officials to stop playing politics with health,” he noted.

Written by ExpressDay

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