*BY NNAMDI OSELOKA in Awka*
Anambra State government has tasked medical experts on the need to undergo thorough medical check-up and treatment for themselves to avoid physical breakup and sudden death.
State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Josephat Akabuike who made the charge during the Physicians Week 2018 at the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, Amaku, Awka has charged physicians to give themselves maximum concentration to their health and well-being as they give to their patients and others.
According to Akabuike who spoke at the opening ceremony of this year’s Physicians Week organized by the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Awka branch, the importance of doctors taking good care of themselves health wise was apt and adequately amplified in the year’s Physicians Week which has its theme as “Universal Health Coverage: Leaving No One Behind”.
While appreciating the NMA for being the only profession that intervened and provided relief materials to the victims of the recent flood menace in parts of the state, he assured of determination of the government to go into synergy with them and meet their working and welfare needs.
Also speaking, the Chief Medical Director of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, Amaku – Awka, Dr. Basil Nwankwo, observed that the health reforms of the government under the National Health Insurance Scheme which the state government has domesticated would go a long way in ensuring that doctors take the opportunity to embrace comprehensive self care services as that would not only benefit them but also their patients in particular and society in general
Dr. Nwankwo while hailing the Prof. Jude Emejulu-led Awka Zone of NMA condemned the incidence of quackery in the medical profession, pointing out that the re-certification of health centres and practitioners in the context of examinations of personal, academic and practice records as well as Doctors’ Stamp would effectively reduce if not eliminate the scourge.
The COOUTH boss praised the State government for providing the enabling enabling in the State which according to him, has resulted in improved services the hospital has been delivering over the period, adding that he would leave no stone unturned to ensure the institution provide adequate health care delivery to the teeming populace
He expressed willingness of the teaching hospital as a referral centre and research institution to cooperate with other hospitals to improve on healthcare when the time arose.
Earlier, the NMA Chairman, Awka zone, Prof.Emejulu noted that the clarion call for doctors to avail themselves of medical attention was in tandem with the mantra of affordable and accessible healthcare, adding that the holistic implementation of NHIS would bring healthcare to the doorsteps of the people of the state.
High point of the Physicians’ Week 2018 was the presentation of papers, Closing the Gap in Polio Eradication: The role of NMA; Medical Quackery, Professional Regulation and the Doctors’ Stamp”, and “Physician, Heal Thyself”