Resident Doctors are demanding for improvement of service delivery in State owned tertiary hospitals.
The North Central Caucus of the National Association of Resident Doctors said at a news briefing in Abuja while decrying the spate of non-payment of 13 months salaries, poor remuneration and working conditions of doctors especially in Abia, Imo, Anambra Benue states.
The NARD Caucus Leader, Dr. Agbo Ede highlighted some of the challenges in state owned hospitals to include, worsening security situation, decaying facilities and non-payment of Salaries.
They said the state governments should renovate and upgrade facilities, payment of salaries, implementation of Legislations for Universal Health Coverage and Domestication of the Medical Residency Training Act 2017 by various state.
In the meantime, the Federal Government reiterated the provision of quality healthcare.
The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, stated this at the 50th Anniversary of the Nigerian Postgraduate Medical Education in Abuja.
Dr. Ehanire who was represented by the permanent Secretary Mr. Abdullaziz Abdullahi said the occasion of the 50th anniversary was symbolic, as it was coming at a time the federal government was committed to investing in the health sector.
He explained that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration would ensure that the healthcare system was in accordance with international standard.
The President of the College, Dr Lilly Tariah, said the college had produced 7000 specialists which according to him was insufficient for the country.
According to him, for this country to be independent in healthcare, it needed to take charge of not only the production of medical doctors but those that will train the doctors in medical school.
Other Medical experts at the event such as professor Nimi Briggs advocated the improvement of the working condition of medical workers to address incessant migration of Doctors to other countries.