Speaking at a news conference in Enugu, President of the association, Dr. Chijioke Udu has disclosed that the South East caucus of the National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD) has
decried poor state of health facilities in tertiary health institutions in the zone, saying that the 10 accredited health facilities in the zone lacked basic equipment to support medical services.
Udu has said that the upgrade of facilities in these centres was part of the demands made by the association to the Federal Government.
He said that patients in the South East have continued to suffer the effects of the poor state of facilities in our tertiary health institutions. “For example, patients diagnosed with cancer do not have access to any radiotherapy machine in the entire South East in spite of the presence of 10 tertiary health institutions and patients are left at the mercy of a few private hospitals to get medium level investigations like CTscans and MRIs because those available in public health institutions are either moribund or outdated.
Udu added that while some centres have been compliant with the implementation of the circulars and directives in the area of remuneration of doctors, others are yet to comply. The Federal Medical Centres (FMC) in Owerri and Umuahia and all state tertiary health institutions in the zone are yet to implement the directives on proper placement of doctors and adjusted entry steps for house officers.
“This had resulted in fractional payment of salaries for doctors in the affected hospitals for several months.”
Udu urged the governors in the zone to priorities health issues as well as ensure that all outstanding salaries of doctors were settled promptly as doctors in the zone were ready to embark on an industrial action should the South East governors fail to address their needs.