The Nigerian Medical Association, Imo State Chapter, has urged both the Federal and State governments to be more committed to creating programmes and policies that would aid effective delivery of quality healthcare for the people.
The chairman of the association in Imo State, Dr. Darlington Akukwu, made the demand during the official flag-off of free medical outreach and services to the people of Ehime Mbano, Ihitte Uboma and Obowo Local Government area of Imo state.
While lauding the initiative by the government, the NMA chairman says it is necessary for the government to put in place a permanent structure that would enhance quality healthcare delivery.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Health, Isaac Oyewole, has said that the Federal Government, through the Millennium Development Goals office, have contributed meaningfully to ensuring quality healthcare delivery.
Over 3,000 indigenes of the area benefited from the free medical services, as about 200 health workers including doctors and nurses have been drafted to carry out this assignment.
The Minister, who was represented by a Director from the Federal Ministry of Health, Dr Christopher Ugboko, said the Federal Government through the Ministry of Health and the Millennium Development Goals office has done a lot in delivery quality healthcare to Nigerians even though the government will still do more for the people.
The government says ongoing discussion with the country director of UNICEF, shows that the agency is willing to partner with the Imo State government to ensure that the free medical outreach is replicated across the 27 local government areas of Imo state.
While commending the initiative, the NMA chairman urged the government to invest more in the health sector and put in place a permanent and lasting structure that would be to the benefit of the people.