The state Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has expressed the state government’s preparedness to restructure the health sector in the state.
The governor stated this during an interactive meeting with members of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) at their secretariat in Owerri.
Governor Okorocha said that as part of the restructure process the government is constructing 27 new General Hospitals and 81 Health Centers in the state and said that the government will also introduce a Health Insurance Policy in the state and also ensure that there is health at door step in the state.
Gov. Okorocha stated that the state government has approved the payment of the new Medical Salary Structure to doctors in the state but urged them to queue into his vision of making Imo state to modern model state.
He said that from March no subvention would be given to the Health sector and said Doctors should work towards initiating ideas that would enable them pay their workers, adding that he is not against the single practice but it should be well organized.
The governor therefore assured the Doctors that the lives and
properties of the citizens are secured and called on them to go about their lawful business. He also used the occasion to enumerate the various ways the government has put the activities of armed robbers and kidnappers to a check.
Speaking, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Joe Obi Njoku stated that the meeting was on the instance of the Governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha, he said, it is a follow-up of an earlier meeting of the governor with the leader of the NMA on the issue of the deplorable condition of our hospitals.
In his remark, the President of NMA, Imo state chapter, Dr. Boniface Okorochukwu said that the NMA in Imo State is prepared to meet with the challenges confronting the Health sector and told the governor that the standard of services rendered in the hospitals has improved, compared to what it used to be before their last meeting with the governor.
The interactive session also featured contributions from the various doctors on how to move the Health system forward.