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Doctors task Obi on health sector funding

By Enyim Enyim

ONITSHA—The National Association of Government General Medicine and Dental Practitioners, NAGGMDP, Anambra State chapter has called on Governor Peter Obi to adequately fund the health sector during his second tenure.

The association said though Obi actually invested so much in infrastructural facilities in the health institutions in the state during his first tenure, they expected him to invest more on man power development during this his second tenure to measure up with the required standard for improvement in the sector.

Secretary of the association, Dr. Joe Uyamadu in a statement in Onitsha, said that the investment on man-power training, employment of more health workers and improved welfare package for the workers should be looked into by Obi as a matter of urgency.

Uyamadu noted that the doctors in the state were the least paid in the federation and appealed to the Governor to place them at par with their counterparts in other states.

According to Uyamadu, “Obi has always given an excuse that oil producing states have the capacity to pay more but at least we expect increment calculated based on Anambra State minimum wage structure commensurate with our own accepted minimum wage.”

He said, “bringing us at par with our colleagues in other states will definitely keep those already in service and attract more workers but our poor pay structure has always been a hindrance and we are ready to go into a partnership arrangement with the state government as long as he invests and improves on healthcare delivery.”

They commended all the participants in the recent gubernatorial election in the state for their peaceful and matured campaigns devoid of acrimony and name-calling.


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