Benue lacks adequate hospitals, doctors, says commissioner

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THE Commissioner for Health and Human Services in Benue, Dr Orduen Abunku, said unless adequate hospitals and medical doctors were available, quackery in medical practice would continue in the state.

Abunku made this known while receiving the new leadership of the state’s branch of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) on Friday in Makurdi.

We do not have enough hospitals and medical doctors to fight quackery in the state.

The doctors at the general hospitals across the state are not enough as we are yet to have them across the various primary health centers.

This situation now forced the rural dwellers to seek alternative and cheaper means of medical attention which eventually is from quack doctors.

Apart from quackery, professional doctors are encouraging these practices by setting up private hospitals and living them in the hands of non-professionals to carry out surgeries, among others,’’ he said.

The commissioner commended the NMA for offering free medical services to victims of the Tiv/Fulani crisis and that of the 2012 flood disaster in the state.

He, however, appealed to the association to always consider the peculiar problems in each state before agitating for improved emolument, and joining strikes.

The NMA needs to understand certain issues very well before joining strike.

This issue of sympathy strikes needs to end for the government to deliver efficient healthcare services in the state.

More so, individual state chapters of NMA need to consider the circumstances in the states before joining sympathy strikes and asking for increments,’’ Abunku said.

Earlier, NMA Chairman in the state, Dr Stephen Hwende, commended the state government for equipping the Benue State University Teaching Hospital (BSUTH) with modern facilities.

Hwende also commended the government for improving the welfare packages of medical students.

He disclosed that the association had provided free medical services to 9, 000 patients in the state as part of its socio responsibility to the people.

In the last two years, we have carried out 1, 000 free surgeries and treated 8, 000 patients in the state as part of our socio responsibility act to the people,’’ he said.

Hwende commended the commissioner for his quick response to outbreak of diseases and other health issues in the state. (NAN)

Source: Guardian

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