By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN â€” GOVERNOR Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has urged the Nigerian Medical Associa-tion, NMA, to collaborate with government to enable it deliver good and qualitative health care to the people of the state.
Oshiomhole, who spoke at the end of the year luncheon and inaugural awards by the NMA, noted that doctors occupied a very important place in the society, adding that they have a duty to work together to rebuild the state to a level that it would become the pride of the people.
He admitted that condi-tions in some of the hospitals were not convenient for quality health services, but expressed the determination of government to revamp the health sector in a very short period of time.
According to him, â€œmost doctors are working under terrible conditions. Last month, we gave out contra-cts for the renovation of a number of medical centres across the three senatorial districts.
â€œWe found health centres that were overgrown with weeds. Some of the buildings are without roof and win-dows. I am sure doctors in such an environment cannot be expected to give their best.
â€œOver the past one month, we have given out contractsÂ Â amounting to over N500 million to renovate, repair and build health centres across several council areas. I will give the list to you to help check whether the jobs we are giving out are being done.â€
Governor Oshiomhole decried a situation where doctors who are in govern-ment pay roll abandon their duties to engage in private practice, warning that â€œif you must do private practice, it should be at your free timeâ€.
On the issue of the new tax policy of the state government, the governor asserted that it was an obligation for every man or woman to pay tax.
â€œWhether on the right or left, developed or develo-ping country, taxation is critical. If we cannot tax doctors, is it those hawking pure water that we will tax?â€ He said.