Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has been presented with an Award of Excellence by the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) Kaduna Branch, for his contribution to building an effective healthcare system in Kaduna state.
He was represented by his deputy, Dr Hadiza Balarabe, who received the award on his behalf, at the association’s Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference on Saturday in Kaduna.
NAN reports the main theme of the event was, Brain Drain and Nigerian Health care system: challenges and way forward.
Papers will also be presented on
Insecurity and health in Nigeria, and Acute Severe Malnutrition; Nigeria’s Silent crisis.
El-Rufa’i, who appreciated NMA for the award, assured that his administration “is desirous in changing the narratives in health and other sectors with strong emphasis on putting people first and making lives better. ”
He noted that the government has enjoyed healthy relationship with the NMA, based on understanding and collaboration, while several platforms were provided to discuss issues that promote health, wellbeing and survival of the residents.
He described the theme of the conference as apt, saying quality manpower and facilities, as well as security were necessary to the provision of quality service in the health sector.
While commenting on the shortage of doctors in the state, the governor assured that there is a replacement plan on the way.
“We know people are leaving to seek for better chances elsewhere and we have plan and you will see them coming back,” El-Rufa’i said.
Earlier, the state NMA Chairman, Dr Stephen Kache , said internal and external brain drain remained a huge challenge to healthcare delivery in the state.
He disclosed that about 60 per cent of medical doctors employed into Kaduna state civil service leave for other states or countries in search of greener pastures due to poor remuneration, working conditions and other factors.
“On a general note however across all health institutions in the state the situation is similar to the national picture,” he said.
He therefore called on the state government to consider the outcome of the deliberations as handy tool for advancement of the state health care system.
Edited by Maharazu Ahmed
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