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Medical doctors worry over shortage of manpower

By DaviesI Iheamnachor

Medical Doctors in Rivers State have expressed worries over shortage of manpower in the medical profession in the state.

The doctors on the platform of Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, Rivers State chapter, also expressed concerns over low enrollment of students into the medical field, noting that it is affecting the medical profession.

NMA disclosed this yesterday in Port Harcourt while briefing newsmen on its 57th Annual General Meeting and Scientific Week, tagged ‘Medical Professional Advancement, distress from within and outside: Breaching the Generational gap in Medicine.’

Speaking, the President of NMA in the state, Dr. Datonye Alasia, said doctors in the state were facing tedious tasks daily, noting that there are few personnel in the hospitals.

Alasia noted that the body had written the state government on the need to retain retirees for on contract bases, adding NMA is bent on advancing the medical profession in the state.

He said: “We wish to improve the medical services we give to people. We need to help improve the health care of the state.

“There is shortage of personnel in the profession. The ratio is 1 doctor to 4000 patience. We are really behind. We want to complement on the issue of manpower. We have called on the state government for contract extension for those who have retired so that we will have added manpower.

“The enrolment of people into medicine has also dropped. We will institute a programme to encourage people to come into medical studies to give a boost to the issue of manpower.”


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