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Akpede makes case for medical practitioners’ welfare

By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN—THE Chief Medical Director of Irrua Specialist Hospital, Irrua, Edo State, Prof. George Akpede, weekend, said that for an effective health care delivery system to be achieved, the nation must address emotional stability as well as the welfare of practitioners.

Prof. Akpede who stated this during the Annual General Meeting of the Irrua Specialist multi Purpose Cooperative Society, said the welfare of those working in the health sector must be a priority for them to perform their duties with all seriousness. He said cooperatives have become one of the veritable instruments for enhancing the economic base of any nation and improving the standard of living of its members.

Represented by Dr.Sylvanus Okogbenin, the CMD enjoined members to show more interest in the growth of the society as a means to achieve personal development, adding that the management of the hospital will continue to render the necessary support to the society.

President of the society, Mr.Omoijie Benson, said that despite the dwindling financial situations in the country, the society was able to make gains in its business and also provided  assistance to its members in the year under review.

“We  have achieved much under the period of three years. We have been able to build a staff multi purpose hall fitted with modern facility, established a wireless internet facility and have given out about N4.5million loans to individual members in the execution of their personal buildings and other items, such  as land acquisition,” he added.

Our aim at the moment is to possibly see how we can operate a  micro finance bank with what we have at the moment,” he said.


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