Chairman Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) Rivers State, Dr. Ebbi Robinson, has commended Governor Siminalayi Fubara, for the thirty billion naira budgetary allocation, mapped out to improve the health indices in the state.
Speaking on the budget allocation in Port Harcourt, Dr. Robinson emphasized that such a huge amount of money will go a long way in rehabilitating the primary, secondary, and tertiary healthcare sectors in the state.
According to him, this is the first time a huge amount of money is being allocated for the improvement of the health care system in the state.
He noted that the budgetary allocation will bring about job opportunities, training, and retraining of health personnel in the state.
“I want to thank His Excellency, for passing the budget and the huge budgetary allocation to the health care sector. This is the first time we have seen such a huge improvement in healthcare allocation.
“Although the budgetary allocation is short of the World Health Organization recommendation for the health sector, we must appreciate this significant improvement.
“According to his Excellency, and as presented to the House of Assembly. He has budgeted about thirty billion for the rehabilitation of the primary, secondary, and tertiary health sectors of the state
“We want to state that this is a welcome development and the Nigerian Medical Association highly appreciates this improvement because it has given room for employment, equipment, training, and retraining of health workers”.
Dr. Robinson reiterated the Association’s support and commitment to the Governor in achieving the desired goal towards the budgetary allocation.
“we are stating categorically that the NMA is committed to supporting His Excellency and all other agencies of government in improving the health care indices in the state.
“We urged stakeholders, and communities in the state to support state government in achieving the health allocation goal. We pray that the funds being budgeted will be used effectively and efficiently to improve health care indices in Rivers State”.
- By Tina Amanda