Imo Health Workers call for affordable healthcare for all



Members of the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria, Imo State Chapter has enjoined the Federal, State, LGAs and other health-care providers to ensure the accelerated delivery of preventive, curative, promotive and rehabilitative health-care services to all at affordable cost to minimize child and adult mortality.

The Union made this view known at the end of this year’s health week held at the State Secretariat of Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Owerri.

In an address at the event, Comrade Nzenwata Francis, the State Chairman of the Union eulogized the State Government for introducing the “Health at your door step” programme aimed at providing health-care services to all nooks and crannies of the state.

He also lauded the State Governor for constructing 27 new general hospitals across the state.

The Union presented three generators to Ideato South, Ngor Okpala and Obowo Local Governments for being the best in terms of health-care delivery in the three senatorial zones of the state.

Comrade Nzenwata enumerated the achievements of his regime in only one year in office to include: perimeter fencing of the Union Secretariat and purchase of an eight-seater Sienna Bus for the operations of the Union.

He urged the State Government to provide the union a Hummer Bus as is the practice in other states. He further implored the authorities to support in erecting a befitting secretariat for the Union.

The event was graced by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Johnny Ihebereme who informed the august assembly that the State Government has shelved its proposed commercialization and concessionary of some health facilities.   He further observed that the government has approved the payment of 10 months salary areas owed the staff of the Specialist Hospital Umuguma.

Presenting a paper on human development and resources in health, Mrs. B.C. Okorie noted that human resources development concentrates on the equitable distribution of goods and services in such a manner and way that the less privileged people are encouraged to have ideas and take reasonable decisions for their own betterment.

The exercise which was well attended by health workers drawn from the 27 LGAs in Imo State was introduced by Comrade Ayuba Wabba, the National President of Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria in 2012.

In his contribution, the State Public Relations Officer of the Union, Comrade Godson Eke posited that their efforts were geared towards rehabilitation of health facilities and their optimal use which will in turn provide longevity to all and sundry.


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