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nmaThe Akwa Ibom State branch of Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has called for the establishment of additional General Hospital in Uyo to cater for the increasing population of residents in the state capital.
The call was made by state Chairman of NMA Chairman, Doctor Aniekeme Uwah, during the opening ceremony of Physicians’ Week 2016 in Uyo.
Dr Uwah, who gave the opening remarks at the event, called on the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly to expedite action in the passage of State Health Insurance Bills for the benefit of the people.
Speaking, the State Deputy Governor, Mr. Moses Ekpo, who was the Guest of Honour , stated that the state government had already concluded plans to equip some hospitals across the state with state-of-the-arts facilities to address the medical challenges experienced in health care delivery.
He challenged the doctors to be responsible to their professional oath and avoid undue strike actions, noting that it affects the lives they were meant to serve.
Mr. Ekpo assured that the Udom Emmanuel’s administration was poised to support the healthcare sector in the state to meet international standards.
The maiden edition of a quarterly magazine “Doctor On Call” was launched at the event as well as a website for NMA Akwa Ibom Branch.
As part of events to mark the week, medical doctors in Akwa ibom had earlier embarked on a road work to remind the Federal Government of the need to implement the national health act signed into law since 2014.
The medical doctors under the aegis of AK NMA also embarked on three days free medical our reach at health center Ikot Ekpeyak , ikono , Uyo where surgical operations and other treatment were given to the community free of charge.
The Physicians’ week will be rounded up on October 30 with a novelty football match between the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).
The theme for this year’s physicians’ week is “Health Care Delivery in a Frail Economy: Challenges and way forward” .

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