The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Akwa Ibom State Branch has requested for the establishment of a general hospital in Uyo to cater for the increasing population of residents in the state capital. This demand was made by AK NMA chairman, Doctor Aniekeme Uwah during the opening ceremony of Physicians’ Week 2016 at NMA House, Uyo. Dr Uwah who gave the opening remarks at the event called on the Akwa Ibom State house of Assembly to expedite the passage of state health insurance bills for the benefit of the people.
The Akwa Ibom State Deputy Governor, Mr Moses Ekpo (MFR) who was the guest of honour, stated that the state government had already concluded plans to equip some hospitals across the state with state of the arts facilities to address the medical challenges experienced in health care delivery.
Deputy Governor Ekpo challenged the doctors to be responsive to their professional oath and avoid undue strike actions, noting that it affects the lives they were meant to serve.
He assured that the Governor Udom Emmanuel led administration was poised to support the health care sector in the state, to meet international standards. The maiden edition of a quarterly magazine “Doctor On Call” was launched at the event as well as a website for NMA Akwa Ibom Branch.
As part of events to mark the week, medical doctors in Akwa ibom had earlier embarked on a road work to remind the Federal Government of the need to implement the national health act signed into law since 2014.
The medical doctors under the aegis of AK NMA also embarked on three days free medical our reach at health center Ikot Ekpeyak, Ikono, Uyo where surgical operations and other treatment were given to the community free of charge.
The Physicians’ week was rounded off on October 30 with a novelty football match between the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) which ended in a barren draw.
The theme for this year’s physicians’ week is “Health Care Delivery in a Frail Economy: Challenges and way forward”.