Abia State Govt To Sanction Doctors Over Private Practice


As part of efforts to strengthen health care delivery in Abia State, the state government has warned medical doctors in her employ who allegedly abandon their statutory duties for private practice that those caught would be sanctioned .

The commissioner for Health, Dr. John Ahukanna said the ministry was disturbed by the attitude of some doctors, who instead of working conscientiously in the hospitals they are posted to, spend more time in their private clinics.

He appealed for a change of  attitude to work and  more commitment to their statutory duties warning that if there was no appreciable change sanctions would be the appropriate  option.

Speaking to journalists in Umuahia,  the  commissioner disclosed that the ministry has given the newly constituted Hospitals Management Board directive to constitute a monitoring team to supervise the activities of the doctors and other health workers in government health institutions and report regularly to him for appropriate action.

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He also frowned at the over bloated work force at the state Hospital Management Board which he said is  not justifiable in terms of productivity adding that government “cannot continue to waste resources on redundant workers.”

The commissioner added that the state government  has stepped up measures to make the hospitals  and other health facilities in the state functional and give optimal services to the people.

He said the government has embarked on the construction four residential quarters for doctors with utilities  like bore holes, and electricity  adding  that the quarters are located at Okeikpe, Arochukwu, Ikwuano, and Obingwa local government areas.

Dr Ahukanna said that it has  become necessary to rekindle the confidence of the Abia residents in the   government hospitals through the provision of enough qualified medical staff and equipment.

He added that Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has approved the employment of specialized health workers  including Doctors, Pharmacists nurses laboratory Scientists to ensure that the health care delivery in the state was standardized.



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