Barely two days after former governor, Ikedi Ohakim complained on the state of Imo State, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) Owerri branch yesterday gave a damning verdict on the state of health care delivery system in the state, saying it is the worst throughout Nigeria and that the state is in trouble.
They gave the verdict in a phone-in radio programme on Thursday.
The officials comprise its branch Chairman, Dr Darlington Akukwu, immediate past Chairman; Dr Hyacinth Emele and another past Chairman, Dr Jideuma Egwim.
Dr Akukwu said the health sector in the last six years under Governor Rochas Okorocha has been grossly neglected, just as he condemned the continuous practice of a lawyer, Barr Ngozi Njoku overseeing the Health Ministry which is currently merged with the Women Affairs and Development Ministry.
Akukwu said the health system in Imo is the worst with new HIV/AIDS cases on an alarming ratio, while people already living with the infection are abandoning their treatment in droves because they can no longer afford cost of the medicare in the state-owned hospitals.
He regretted that despite the spread of meningitis towards the South, the state Health Ministry was yet to begin public awareness to educate people on how to curb when it arises.
According to Dr Akukwu, the Imo State University Teaching Hospital (IMSUTH) Orlu, (which is the only institution training Medical students in the state), has lost accreditation to produce Medical students, regretting that students spend over 10 years for a six year programme.