The Southeast Caucus of National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has called for
improved healthcare infrastructure in the South-East region.
They decried the deplorable condition of state-owned hospitals in the region and its degenerative effect on healthcare delivery. Dr. Chikezie Obasi, the Leader of the caucus, made this known at a news conference at the Abia State University Teaching Hospital, Aba, on Sunday.
Obasi said that the decline in the quality of healthcare services rendered by state-owned university teaching hospitals with the poor welfare of healthcare workers was a cause for concern.
According to him, the current situation has led to the continued resignation of many doctors and health workers, as well as jeopardising the vital training of undergraduate and postgraduate doctors.
He called for the complete implementation of full consolidated medical salary structure for resident doctors in Enugu State University Teaching Hospital.
Besides, he appealed to the Nigerian Governors’ Forum to initiate and actively implement programmes that would boost the provision of good quality healthcare services in the 36 states of the federation.