By Muhammad Lawal
Birnin Kebbi, Oct. 20, 2020 The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Kebbi State chapter, on Tuesday urged the State Government to employ more medical doctors and health personnel to tackle shortage of manpower in its health sector.
Dr Ashiru Ladan-Argungu, the state Chairman of the association, made the appeal while addressing a press conference in Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State capital.
Naija247news reports that the press conference was part of the activities marking the Year 2020 Physicians’ Week with the theme: “Strategies for Health System Recovery During COVID-19 Pandemic in Nigeria.”
The sub-theme of the Week is, “Strengthening Malaria Case Management: Separating the Myths From the Facts.”
Ladan-Argungu said that the employment was necessary because the sector was facing acute shortage of manpower.
“We have about 28 General Hospitals across the state with only one medical doctor manning a hospital, the number of doctors in the state is grossly inadequate.
“In spite of the limited number of doctors, they are doing their best to attend to as many patients as possible on a daily basis.
” Apart from that, the number of other health workers too is inadequate.
“However, we are aware of the commitments of the state government in training medical doctors and other health workers within and outside Nigeria; yet, we need more manpower before those studying in various schools graduate,” he said.
The chairman appealed to the state government to support the NMA medical outreach programme to enable the association reach out to a large segment of vulnerable members of the society.
He explained that the government could come in and supply the consumables, while the doctors provide their professional expertise to treat people suffering from different illnesses.
Ladan-Argungu also solicited the support of both the state government and well-meaning Nigerians to facilitate the completion of the NMA’s state secretariat located at Labana junction in Birnin Kebbi.
The chairman said the project, which had reached about 50 per cent completion, would consist of offices, lodge and a 200-seater capacity lecture hall.