By Barnabas Augustine
Adamawa State Governor, Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has reiterated his commitment to the welfare of medical practitioners in the State and approved recruitment of senior medical consultants for the State Specialist Hospital Yola.
The Governor revealed this, Wednesday at the Conference Hall, Government House Yola while receiving Executive members of Nigeria Medical Association, Adamawa Branch on a courtesy visit.
Governor Fintiri stated that revitalizing the health sector which is contain in his administration eleven point agenda remain his topmost priority, having COVID-19 exposes poor health facilities in the state.
He revealed that in the 2021 budget his administration will make provision allowances for the state medical doctors so as to discourage them from not working in their home State. Adding that in January 2021 the medical doctors will start to enjoy increment in their salaries like their counterparts in other states and when the pandemic is over and the economy of the state revived fully he will make their salaries to be similar to that of Federal Government.
Governor Fintiri enjoined the NMA to come with meaningful advises that will help his Government to fully revive the state health sector as door for this is always open.
In his remark, the Chairman Medical Association of Nigeria, Dr. Musa Abraham Tizhe said they were in Government House Yola to intimate Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri on the ongoing week long programme of event for the 2020 Physician Week.
Dr. Tizhe said NMA in the state has organized interactive session with young and senior medical doctors in the state so that they will both share their experiences to move the health sector to another level.
He revealed that due to the coronavirus pandemic, NMA in the state was unable to organise medical outreach, but it has plan to reach out to people quarterly.
The Chairman maintained that his association will soon commence verification of medical practitioners in the state to fish out quacks while regretting the unfortunate incidence involving a quack doctor terminating lives of patients over the years in the State.
Dr. Tizhe lauded Governor Fintiri for establishing Isolation Centres and equipped them with all necessary facilities in the State even before the outbreak of coronavirus in Adamawa and for building four new cottage hospitals, upgrading and renovating primary, secondary and tertiary hospitals in the State.
He thanked Governor Fintiri for appointing qualified medical practitioners who are members of the state NMA to head medical boards and commissions in the State and for appointing two of their members as Permanent Secretaries describing it as a welcome development having for a long time they have not enjoy the privileges.
Dr. Musa Abraham Tizhe stated that the challenges of the association is the salary disparity and appealed to Governor Fintiri to consider equalling it while calling on the Governor to concentrate more on the primary health care facilities in the state.