…urge Oyebanji to disburse loans to Medical Students

By: Adebayo Adenrele, Gloria Ogbu, Hope James

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Ekiti State has lamented over the lackadaisical attitude of the state government towards the welfare of doctors in the State.

The Chairman, NMA, Ekiti State Branch, Dr Babatunde Rosiji, stated this in a press conference in Ado-Ekiti during the 2022 Physicians’ Week tagged “, Nigeria’s Healthcare Delivery System and the 2023 Democratic Transition: A Time to Change the Narrative.”

He said that the Health sector in the state has collapsed by virtue of ignorance that the state government has placed in the efforts and welfare of Medical Doctors in the state.

He also noted that Ekiti State Government is not cognisant of the fact that there are no enough numbers of Doctors in the state to cater for the emergencies of patients, thereby making some of the Primary Health Care Centres to be void of medical doctors.

Dr Babatunde added that the emotional trauma has made some medical doctors in the state to embrace brain drain syndrome, by leaving their host country to develop their intellects in countries where they would be appreciated.

He noted that Ekiti state is not fair with their payment Payroll which mostly exceed the appropriate time before they could get paid.

In his words, ” If you want me to rate the state government’s performance on Health sector, I will say it’s 40% because working with Ekiti State is not attractive for us again as Doctors.

“We have been patient for two years, if we are pushed to the wall, we will not listen to anyone that we are Humanitarians.

“I was told few days ago that the unfortunate thing is that the Ekiti state government over the past 2 years have concentrated partially on the infrastructure aspect while looking the other way when it comes to the welfare of the people that are supposed to drive the health system.

“We need a total of 276 medical doctors to run the 21 general hospitals in the state, but we have 85 doctors in Ekiti state. Each general hospital in Ekiti state will need at least 9 doctors, but the best we have in our general hospitals is that we have 2 doctors, and many of them have only one.

“The Health Care Sector in Ekiti State has collapsed but, we have not agreed it has collapsed. When Federal Medical Doctors have received their salary, we will be counting 31, 32, to 40th of the month before you can even collect the money.”

He thereby enjoined the Executive Governor of Ekiti State, Biodun Abayomi Oyebanji to look into the lingering matter and enable disbursement of loans to Medical Students in the state for seamless medical practices in Ekiti State.

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