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RIVERS: Why Rivers Needs Medical School

Tony Ita Etim, Port Harcourt

The Deputy Governor of Rivers State, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo, has given reason why the state government has decided to establish a medical school at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt.

Banigo gave the explanation when the leadership of Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Rivers State Chapter paid her a courtesy call in Government House, Port Harcourt.

Rivers State Government says it will encourage capacity development of Doctors and other Health Professionals to enhance their competence in healthcare delivery in the state.

The Deputy Governor maintained that the State Government is committed to manpower development, hence the State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike-Led Government plans to establish a Medical School in Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST), to train more medical professionals to enable government achieve its vision for the health sector.

According to Banigo, “training and retraining of doctors should not be as difficult as it had been because the government will make adequate budgetary provision for that purpose,” On welfare of medical workers, Banigo said the government would follow due process and ensure that salaries and entitlements of workers are paid promptly to enable them perform optimally.

She regretted that the Health Management Board has not performed up to its expectations, and assured that the present administration would make all relevant agencies of Government functional. Earlier, the State Chairman, Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Dr. Ibifuro Green, appealed to the government to grant the Hospital Management Board autonomy to enable them effectively manage the hospitals professionally.

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