By Anayo Onukwugha, Port Harcourt
The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has called for the domestication of the Medical Residency Training Act (MRTA) in Rivers State in order to ensure proper training and skipping of doctors.
NMA Chairman in the state, Professor Chizindu Alikor, made the call in Port Harcourt, when he paid a courtesy call on the Secretary to the Rivers State Government, Dr. Tammy Danagogo.
Alikor stated that when domesticated, the MRTA will also ensure the provision of group life insurance and compensation for doctors and health workers, as well as employment of doctors and other health workers amongst others.
He stated that the NMA was ready to support and work with the Rivers State government in promoting health services in the state.
In his remarks, Secretary to the Rivers State Government, Dr. Tammy Danagogo, L called on medical doctors and health professionals in the state to extend more of their services to the rural areas.
Danagogo said: “Current statistics shows that most doctors practice in the urban centers whereas their services are most needed by the rural population.
“The concentration of medical practice in the urban centers is increasing the challenges of an unbalanced doctor-to-population distribution in the Nigerian health sector. Most patients die in the rural areas for sicknesses that can be easily treated. Your profession is a sacrifice to humanity.”
The Secretary to the Rivers State Government, called on doctors and health practitioners to remain professional and dedicated in carrying out their duties.
He stated that the place of medical practice in any society cannot be shortchanged by anyone or medical personnels themselves, as every individual needs medical attention at some point in their lives.