Doctors to intensify efforts to fish out quacks in Nasarawa
ALARMED by the proliferation of fake doctors in Nasarawa State, the state chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, is considering expanding investigations in collaboration with the state’s Ministry of Health to combat the disturbing trend.
The state chairman of the association, Dr. Omole Friday, stated this yesterday at the end of its Ordinary General Geeting, OGM, held in Lafia, the state capital.
Dr. Omole noted that the association is very much aware of the existence of fake doctors operating substandard medical fascilities across the state and the are working with other regulating bodies to fish them out.
He said the association is fully in support of Governor Umaru Tanko Almakura’s anti-corruption crusade in the civil service through the screening of workers in the state saying the step would block unnecessary leakages and help government in meeting its daunting financial obligations.
In a communique issued at the end of the meeting, the association appealed to the state government to implement the provisions of the consolidated medical allowances for medical doctors in the employment of the state government which he said will gulp the sum of N19 million monthly, which covers their welfare and training grants.
The association also appealed to the State Hospital Management Board (NSHMB) to effect the promotion of their members who are due for promotion and also employ more medical personnel in the state, stressing that it would help reduce the activities of quarks.
“People patronize quarks when you don’t have adequate fascilities and medical personals”
Similarly the association called on the federal government to ensure the immediate and unconditional implementation of skippings for medical doctors at the Federal Medical Centre, Keffi, in order to avoid incessant strike actions.