Thursday, 26 November 2015

Lagos Doctors Praise Gov. Ambode For Resolving Their Issues

Doctors in Lagos on Wednesday hailed the efforts of the State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode for his efforts towards resolving the outstanding issues relating to doctors' welfare.

Speaking at the General Meeting/Scientific Conference & Continuing Medical Education of the Medical Guild in Lagos, Chairman of the Guild, Dr. Biyi Kufo said Governor Ambode had kept all his electoral promises to them.

Kufo said, “We make no apologies with a designation of our Governor as the song we have been waiting for to come and change a heart of stone. Governor Ambode has directed that all the key issues be resolved; the suspension of intake of new residents into the Residency Training Program at LASUTH has been lifted and admission of the new resident has commenced; the appointment of doctors as contract workers has been stopped.”

He also disclosed that Governor Ambode had directed that medical doctors currently on contract should be converted to permanent staff and the salaries during the three months of industrial action be paid.

On his part, Chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association, Lagos State Chapter, Dr. Tope Ojo, commended the governor for his discussions with the medical personnel especially over implementation of the corrected CONMESS salary scale.

In his keynote address, Governor Ambode, represented by his Special Adviser on Primary Health Care, Dr. Femi Onanuga, said his administration has committed public funds to uplift medical infrastructure and ensure first class health care delivery in the state. He also urged medical professionals to continuously uphold the Hippocratic Oath in the discharge of their duties.

Governor Ambode  deserves all the accolades he's receiving--it's so impressive that he solved all these "long-term" issues just like that. Other governors should follow his cue.

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