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NMA Rivers Advocacy visit to the Secretary to the Rivers State Government 

The chairman of NMA Rivers State, Prof. Chizindu Alikor in the company of members of the State Officers Commitee, paid a courtesy call to the Secretary to the Rivers State Government, Dr. Tammy Danagogo.

Speaking at the visit, the chairman intimated the SSG about various challenges being faced by doctors in the state such as; the need for the domestication of the Medical Residency Training Act, need to employ more manpower into the health sector, need for proper placement/skipping of doctors, payment of grants to Resident doctors, promotion of doctors in the state health service, provision of group life insurance and employee compensation for health workers in Rivers State, payment of COVID 19 inducement allowance, upward review of hazard allowance to 50% of consolidated basic salary for health workers and implementation of state contributory health care scheme with inclusion of private medical facilities as recognised providers. A request was also made for partnership with the State government to carry out free medical/surgical outreaches to various LGAs in the state.

Responding, the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Tammy Danagogo thanked the association for paying his office a visit. He assured the NMA that the executive arm of government has noted the requests of the NMA and that these requests shall be brought before the state executive council. He assured the association of a cordial working relationship between the state government and the NMA.

Dr. Irene Obuzor
PRO, NMA Rivers
15-9-2020

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NMA Rivers Advocacy visit to the Speaker, Rivers State House of Assembly 

The State Officers Committee of the Nigerian Medical Association Rivers State paid a courtesy call to the Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Ikuinyi Owaji Ibani.

Critical issues were raised and discussed bordering on the welfare of doctors in Rivers State. Notable among them, was a request for the domestication of the Medical Residency Training Act of 2017 in Rivers State. A copy of the act was presented to the Honourable Speaker by the Chairman of the association, Prof. Chizindu Alikor.

Responding, the speaker assured the NMA that the Medical Residency Training Act shall be favourably considered when the bill is presented to the house. The speaker made a firm commitment to the NMA to ensure that the association is given the first ear whenever issues concerning health are deliberated in the house.

He assured doctors of the willingness of the Rivers State House of Assembly, (through the House Committee on Health), to partner with the NMA in tackling issues bearing on the health of Rivers people.

Dr. Irene Obuzor
PRO, NMA Rivers.
11-9-2020

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