#UdomTheSuperiorPerformer: On Quality Manpower for Hospitals And Welfare!!!
……The Governor’s job creation endeavor has found a confluence with the need to recruit more nurses and doctors in the new hospitals which were grossly inadequate. A proposal has been presented to to the Governor for the recruitment of more nurses, totaling 200 percent and medical consultants. It is expected that this audacious step would yield greater result in terms of managing any influx of patients into the hospitals, and emergencies.
Similarly, to boost quality manpower in the ‘new hospitals’ and provide them with the requisite experience and exposure, Governor Udom Emmanuel recently approved the recruitment of 50 Doctors for House Job/ Internship. He also approves on regular interval, Residency Programs and other professional development programs for doctors as required by the Medical & Dental Council of Nigeria.
This magnanimous gesture would help produce more consultants for public hospitals in the state, thereby complementing the Governor’s healthcare policy. It is instructive to note that this action is unprecedented, as the state presently has one of the highest number of state- trained resident doctors and house officers in Nigeria, thanks to the Governor’s magnanimity and humanistic disposition.
Furthermore, the Governor places premium on the welfare of doctors, nurses and other paramedical personnel. The state regularly pays the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS) and CONHESS to medical and dental practitioners and nurses respectively, and ensures that hazard allowances, housing and other benefits are duly paid.
For instance, the state government has provided residential quarters for 98 House Officers in both secondary health facilities and the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital. This is aimed at boosting the morale of medical personnel, which would inadvertently impact on the quality of services provided by hospitals in the state.
To this end, it can be observed that the ongoing revolution in the healthcare delivery system has restored confidence in public hospitals. With the prevailing migrations from other states into Akwa Ibom for better medical treatments, a foundation has been laid for the evolution of medical tourism. It has also increased patronage in these hospitals from within the state and beyond, thereby, gearing up life expectancy and the life -span of the people.
By possible extrapolation, and in conclusion, Governor Emmanuel has touched the poor, the dying, the lonely and the unwanted through his humble work and the grace of God upon his life.