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Abia State Government says it is working with international healthcare agencies to standardize and better healthcare services in the State.
Governor Alex Otti stated this when he played host to executive members of the Abia State chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), who visited him in his Nvosi country house in Isialangwa South Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.
The Governor noted that the present administration was working hard to ensure that necessary facilities and infrastructure were put in place to ensure Abia State University Teaching Hospital, (ABSUTH), Aba did not loose accreditation in the forthcoming accreditation by the Nigeria Universities Commission (NUC).
According to the Governor, the state government will partner the NMA in in the state in putting things in place to ensure that products of the institution were equipped with requisite training to continue to compete with their contemporaries across the globe.
While acknowledging payment of salary as a basic responsibility of government, Governor Otti assured that his administration would be instituting worker -friendly policies and welfare packages that would discourage the issue of brain drain prevailing among medical doctors across Nigeria.
The Governor applauded the NMA for its planned free medical outreach in Isialangwa South LGA.
HE noted that the gesture would complement the ongoing free medical exercise being carried out by his administration across the 3 senatorial zones of the State, which he said would last till December this year.
Gov. Otti announced that he would soon inaugurate an eye clinic in Umuahia, which his administration had fixed and described human life as very important.
Earlier, the State NMA Chairman, Dr. Isaiah Abali, thanked Governor Alex Otti for regularizing salaries of medical doctors in addition to abolishing the dichotomy in Abia civil service.
Dr. Abali said the pace of development in every facets of the state within a short time in office was encouraging.
EDITED BY CHUKWUBUIKE MADU