Friday 18th August, 2017
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Healthcare in Imo is the worst - NMA

Healthcare in Imo is the worst - NMA

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.