The state medical association says the government’s claim of free medicare is empty.
The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Ogun State Chapter, has dismissed claims of free medical services by the state.
The association, speaking through its chairman, Olusoji Jagun, declared that the government was yet to provide qualitative health care delivery system to the people of the state, and had been “paying lip service” to the funding of healthcare in the state.
“The situation in Ogun health sector is appalling. There are poor infrastructural development all over hospitals in the state. There are no CT scan in Ogun state government hospitals.
Ultrasound scan is an essential commodity neither can we boast of a 4 D scan ,DIgital X-ray, fluoroscopy in any government hospital in Ogun,” Mr. Jagun said.
“The teaching hospital only exists as such by name; it is full of professionally incapacitated, underutilized and unmotivated people. Further speaking, the association boss maintained that all is not well with healthcare system in the state, pointing out that there seems to be no change of innovation and facilities in most hospitals across the state.”
Mr. Jagun said most of the state hospitals are grossly under staffed, while available health providers were being overworked thereby reducing productivity level.
“Most hospitals at night are in darkness and this is very unsafe. The state government tried in the resuscitation of the emergency ambulance services and use sophisticated equipments to resuscitate patients and transport them to hospitals where the wherewithal for sustenance is not there,” he stated.
“Ogun hospitals deserve better attention and the skewed distribution of personnel should be given due attention. There is no free health care in OGUN state so people should stop assaulting doctors and other health workers when they tell them to go and pay for services.”
In similar vein, the NMA chairman added that the community based health insurance scheme been advocated for by the state government was yet to see the light of the day, noting that the health indices in the country would continue to grow worse as long as there are no appropriate plan for health care financing.