NARD advocates better health care service delivery

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From Patrick Egwu, Ogochukwu Asogwa & Jane Mbah, Enugu

The President of National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), Dr Muhammad Adamu in the Annual General Meeting (AGM) held at Citi Park Hotel, Independence Layout, Enugu, Enugu State, on Wednesday noted that the state government must be seen to prioritize the healthcare system in order to give the grassroots the dividends of this democracy we so much fought to actualize.

Dr Adamu said this in his address while emphasizing that universal applicability is the a answer to the problems of internal brain drain and poor primary and secondary healthcare, adding that it is a veritable tool for sustained universal health coverage.

He further noted that NARD is a professional body with the sole aim of furthering effective healthcare delivery to all Nigerians.

"We always are peace loving patriots that honestly believe in our national prosperity. As long as government and her agencies are sincere in all our engagements, then definitely there will be harmony in the sector." Adamu said.

Dr. Adamu went further to say that the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH) is hosting this programme and as well taking over the Secretariat from UMTH, adding that the journey to UNTH just like any other progressive movement was filled with historic landmarks.

The President of Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) UNTH, Dr.Chukwuma Oraegbunam in his welcome remarks stated that theme "A restructured Residency Training Programme (RTP) in a harmonious health sector industry: A panacea for improved healthcare delivery in Nigeria" was carefully chosen as the theme of this year's AGM to address the current challenges facing the residency training in Nigeria and harmony within the Nigerian health sector.

"It has become necessary now that the trainees and trainers are attacked from all fronts for reasons we best see as baseless with zero impact or improvement on the status quo." Oraegbunam noted.

Still addressing the NARDITES, Oraegbunam advised "While we pray for God's intervention in our country, it is imperative that we as young people start changing our orientation towards what we can do to salvage our country and the medical profession, since our destiny obviously lie in our own hands."

He also thanked the President of NARD for standing in the gap for the association, always ready, always informed and always articulate.

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