Enugu pledges to partner NMA to end infant mortality



THE Governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has expressed his commitment to partner the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in the state to ensure improved child and maternal healthcare delivery.

Ugwuanyi made this known in an event organized by the state chapter of NMA in conjunction with local government councils to mark this year’s Maternal, New Born and Child Health Week.

According to him, the support the state government had shown to health care practitioners in the state was a demonstration of its determination to fulfill the promises made to the people to improve maternal and child health care situation in Enugu State.

“This marks yet another milestone in the effort of the state government to deliver good health care to our people especially to mothers and children under the age of five. This underscores our total commitment to the improvement of quality healthcare service delivery in the state. We have resolved to continue with the programme but to also raise the bars of the success story higher. This is because improving maternal health care delivery remain an essential part of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)”, Ugwuanyi said.

While lamenting the high mortality rate experienced in the country as a result of lack of adequate health care delivery, the governor noted that his government will do all it can to support health professionals in the state to bring adequate health care to the door step of the people of Enugu State.

Chairman of NMA, Enugu State Chapter, Dr. George Ugwu in his speech, expressed the readiness of medical doctors in the state to tap from the “positive bias of the state governor towards the medical profession”.

“We are dedicated more than ever before to seeing that our people get what they deserve. We are aware that this state cannot only take care of its medical needs but can even export Medicare to other places and earn resources from that. So we are ready to volunteer specialist services to visit the rural area and support whatever effort the state government will be making there; provided the logistics are put on ground”, he said.

Ugwu noted that the association has produced its road map to better health care delivery in Enugu State which he said emphasizes the role of medical practitioners in lifting the healthcare delivery of Enugu and needed steps to be taken in this regard.

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