The Edo State chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) on Wednesday issued a 21-day ultimatum to the state government to address issues of health facilities and general state of the sector.
The association also demanded that the state government improve staff welfare in the state owned health institutions or face industrial action in the health sector, which it said, would include doctors in state and federal hospitals.
These disclosures were made in a statement issued by the Chairman and Secretary of the association, Emmanuel Osaigbovo and Harry Omokhua.
According to the statement, the body alleged that the state government has not responded to their requests for improved services and facilities in the health sector.
They are, therefore, requesting that the state government address the infrastructure decay in the sector and increase the number of health personnel, especially doctors.
The body also lamented that most doctors who were employed in 2012 had left the state government employ due to poor motivation.
They said the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) and the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital have over 300 consultants while the State Hospitals Management Board has less than 46 consultants and 120 doctors compared to over 700 in the federal hospitals.
However, in his reaction to this, the Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy to Governor Godwin Obaseki, Crusoe Osagie said:
“The Edo State Government is adopting a holistic approach to the health sector reforms in the state.
“We urge the health professionals to exercise some patience as hasty efforts cannot produce the high standard of healthcare, which the Obaseki government has envisioned for Edo people. Plans have been made and partners are being sourced and in good time, the results will manifest.”