BY SIMON EBEGBULEM
BENIN—Edo State Government and doctors in the state under the aegis of Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, have reached an agreement on matters affecting the doctors’ condition of service and improving of infrastructure in the state’s health sector.
The doctors had embarked on a strike last year over their demands for employment into various cadres in the health management board, improvement in the infrastructure in hospitals and health centres across the state and full implementation of the doctors’ Consolidated Medical Salary Structure, CONMESS and the Consolidated Health Salary Structure, CONHESS.
Speaking after a meeting with the doctors, the state governor, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole told newsmen that “I just finished a meeting with the doctors, and we discussed the entire healthcare delivery chain, including primary healthcare centres and the fact that we have carried out a comprehensive survey to establish precisely where we have health centres, hospitals, and how many doctors and nurses we need. Now we have all these figures with us and the challenge is finding the money to employ all the hands that we need.
“We are convinced that there is no point opening a hospital without a doctor, because the building will not treat anybody, it is the doctor inside the building that treats patients. If we have all the equipment and the human beings are missing, then we have a problem,” he added.
The NMA Chairman, Dr Emmanuel Ighodaro, on his part said: “Today is a happy day in the health sector in Edo State, the reason being that you will recall in the last two months, issues concerning health have been very turbulent and stakeholders in healthcare in Edo State, nurses, doctors and all others have been agitating. But today, there was a landmark achievement.”