The Speaker of Abia House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Chinedum Enyinnaya Orji has charged the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), in the state to take steps to get rid of quacks in the profession.
The Speaker, who was represented by Mr Jerry Uzosike, a lawyer and Member Representing Umuahia South State Constituency, decried the alarming stage of quackery in the profession.
Orji made the appeal on Friday at the opening ceremony of the 2019 Annual Gerenal Meeting and Scientific Conference of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) with the theme: State’s Health Legislation: Role in Effective Healthcare Delivery, held at Villa Roy Hotel Umuahia Abia State.
He regretted that the issue of quackery is an issue bothering the state house of Assembly which is crippling the medical profession as well as endeangering the society, and therefore, tasked the NMA on the need to train and re-train their members in order to be abreast with modern medical practice.
He said, “We at the seventh Assembly are worried about this issue of quackery in the medical profession.
“People walk into the villages and open hospitals and begin to practice, claiming to be doctors and begin to open people’s tummies as well as engage in other unwholesome practices.
The Speaker urged NMA to go into those villages in order to flush out those quacks messing up their profession assuring that the state assembly would give its full legislative support to the fight against quackery and other health related issues in the state.
Earlier in her address, Dr Carol Iwuoha, Chairman, NMA, Abia commended Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu, noting that Abia was among the few states that had rolled out the basic healthcare provision scheme.
She also lauded the Abia House of Assembly for enacting the
Abia State Health Insurance Law.
“What remains is the implementation of the content and trust building in the project by healthcare providers,” she said.
The chairman stressed the need to engage doctors at the primary level of care, adding that it was important in building patient confidence and trust.
She, therefore, called for a legislative backing for the establishment of the office of the medical officer of health across the 17 local government areas of the state.
Various speakers at the occasion tasked the policy makers on the need to improve the healthcare delivery system.