Medical Association Organizes Free Medical Outreach In Kaduna, Decries Mass Exodus Of Personnel

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By; AMOS TAUNA, Kaduna

Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Kaduna State chapter, as part of its activities to mark this year’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) provided free medical treatment and minor surgical care at the Sabon Tasha General Hospital, Kaduna.

The free medical treatment provided patients at the Sabon Tasha General Hospital the opportunity to receive free eye consultations, medications and glasses.

A patient, Mr. Yakubu Aku Moses, who said he has been suffering with eye problem, expressed delight with the free treatment given to him and a free medicated glass to aid his reading and other activities that hitherto have become a great challenge.

He added that his daughter, Hanatu Yakubu Aku, has also received free treatment with free drugs to get a relief of her inching eyes she has been suffering from for sometimes.

A nurse in the hospital, Mrs Asebe B. Shimkut, who was treated and given a free eye glass commended the activities of the state chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association and enjoined the association to take steps to ensure the free medical outreach is done quarterly or twice a year.

She observed, “I must commend the initiatives of the Nigerian Medical Association, Kaduna state chapter for this noble gesture looking at this critical condition where many patients hardly eat two square meals a day talk less of affording their medical bills.”

Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, Kaduna state chapter, has earlier expressed worried over the number of medical personnel leaving the state for greener pastures.

The association warned that the exodus of doctors and other medical personnel leaving to other states and countries for greener pastures if not urgently arrested could seriously affect the healthcare delivery in the state.

The association observed that about 60 per cent of doctors serving in the state have left to other states or other countries in search of greener pastures.

Addressing newsman on the activities of this year’s Annual General Meeting of the association, it state chairman, Dr. Stephen Akau Kache, said, “This we have found to be direct consequence of poor remuneration, other factors include poor working conditions, having to work extra hours due to low manpower and in some cases lack of career progression.”

He added, “On a general note however, across all health institutions in the state the situation is similar to the national picture, whereby there is an exodus of doctors to other countries for a variety of reasons with a resultant shortage in the number of doctors available to treat patients within the country.”

With the problems enumerated above, Dr. Kache explained that it becomes the biggest challenge that is affecting the ability the remaining health personnel to achieve the desired health outcomes due to the internal and external brain drain that has become the order of the day in the state.

He said in  Kaduna state, it has become the order of the day that medical personnel employed in the state experienced very low employees coming to take up their appointments while others completely do not come to take their offer of employment.

He explained, “Most of the newly employed medical personnel prefer going to other states within the north to take up employment where the conditions of service is far better than what Kaduna state offers.

“It therefore affects the quality of healthcare delivery being offered in the state as most of those employed have to go through some experience before being able to offer qualitative service.

“With improved conditions of service, it will go a long way to solve so many problems the healthcare in the state is going through coupled with some achievements made by the El-Rufai’s led administration. This will no doubt go a long way to realize the dream of the state.”

To cushion the problems most people are passing through in the state, the NMA, organized a free medical treatments at the Sabon Tasha General hospital where patients were treated on eye related issues, minor surgery and other related illness.

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