Uzodimma to doctors: help us improve healthcare

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Imo State Governor Hope Uzodimma has appealed to doctors to support the government to ensure hospitals are functional and serve the people.

The governor said his administration is working to produce a blue print that will point the way to seeing government hospitals work optimally.

A statement by Uzodimma’s Chief Press Secretary, Oguwike Nwachuku, said the governor made the appeal at the weekend when members of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) visited him at the Government House in Owerri.

Governor Uzodimma lamented the status of the Imo State University Teaching Hospital (IMSUTH), particularly the level of dilapidation. He also regretted that the school lost accreditation because of negligence, lack of dedication and seriousness, but vowed to change the narrative if the doctors are on the same page with him on his vision for the school.

The governor also promised to clear all salary arrears owed workers of the medical school as soon as the issues arising from payroll automation are straightened.

Vice Chairman of NMA Dr. Victor Okechukwu said they came to interact with the governor on some problems bedevilling the health sector which have lingered for long.

He cited the loss of accreditation by IMSUTH, delay in salary and implementation of the 2014 Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (COMESS), and pleaded with Uzodimma to come to their aid. Okechukwu, however, said the association would partner the government to bring the health sector back on track.

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