The Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), on Friday expressed satisfaction with the performance of the FCT Administration in the provision of infrastructure.
The President of the Association, Dr Michael Olarewaju made this assertion in Abuja, when he visited the FCT Permanent Secretary, Mr Christian Chinyeaka Ohaa.
Olarewaju also commended the leadership of the FCT administration for opening up Karu General Hospital and Zuba Cottage hospital.
He said that the two hospitals would ease the pressure on existing hospitals in the territory.
“The association is pleased with the leadership of the FCTA, especially with the FCT Minister and the permanent secretary, for projects completed so far,’’ he said.
He noted that some of the completed projects were abandoned over the years while others were new, adding that there was a visible improvement in the FCT compared to the situation in the past.
On the recent establishment of the in-house Residency Training programme by the administration, Olarewaju said that the programme had made FCTA hospitals more attractive to doctors.
He said this would go a long way in substantially curtailing the attrition rate among resident doctors in the FCT.
Responding, the FCT Permanent Secretary thanked the association for always opting for peaceful approach in pressing home their demands.
He urged the association to see their profession as a divine mandate to serve humanity, stressing that no amount of money could compensate their services.
He assured the association that the FCT administration would continue to implement policies and programmes that would improve health care delivery in the territory.
The permanent secretary, in a separate meeting with the Association of Nurses and Midwives in FCT, called on members to consider their profession as a sacred duty to serve God and humanity.
The Chairperson of the association, Mrs Deborah Yusuf pledged the association’s readiness to work with the FCT administration.