The State Chairman of NMA, Dr Aniekeme Aniefiok Uwah in company of his exco and other stakeholders paid
In his speech, Dr Aniekeme Uwah stated that the aim of the courtesy visit was to bring to the notice of the assembly, issues affecting the welfare of doctors and to draw the attention of the Assembly to legislations and policies needed to enhance health care delivery in Akwa Ibom State.
Dr Uwah who is also chairman of NMA south, requested the House of Assembly to intervene in areas where its members were owed backlog of salary arrears of two years and beyond.
The Dr Aniekeme Uwah noted that association was conscious of the fact that the Government cannot do it all alone hence its seeking of partnership of the AKHA to pass bills that will be of immense benefit to the citizenry.
The following bills were proposed:
- The passage of Akwa Ibom State Primary Health Care Development Bill
- The Akwa Ibom State Health Care Waste Management Agency Bill
- The Akwa Ibom State Health Insurance Scheme Bill
- A bill to ban the hawking of uncertified health and herbal products including services on our streets, markets etc and dissemination of false information.
- A bill for the provision of paternal leave for men in Akwa Ibom State.
- And The implementation of the national health bill,2014:
In his response, the Speaker AKHA, Rt Hon Onofiok Luke accepted to Partner with the NMA to ensure that qualitative health care delivery is given to the people of Akwa Ibom State.
Hon Onofiok Luke encouraged The NMA to sponsor private member bills that provide enabling environment for best medical practice in the state. He decried the state of primary health care delivery in the state noting that most cases at the tertiary hospitals would have been checkmated if primary health care of qualitative.
He called on the NMA to be part of the free medical outreach which will be embarked on by members of the assembly in no distant time.
The speaker called for the observation of one-minute silence in honour of Late Dr Ivy Umana who was assassinated in controversial circumstances while urging the security agencies to fish out perpetrators of such act while ensuing security for doctors and other members of the public.
He led members of the association on inspection of the Assembly clinic requesting NMA to help put the facility to optimum use.
Other Members present were Rt Hon Aniekan Uko member representing Ibesikpo/Asutan State constituency and Hon Dennis Akpan member representing Etinan State constituency in the Assembly.
It would be recalled the new NMA administration as part of programs to mark its first 30days in office carried out the ground breaking for the VIP lounge of the Ultra-modern doctors mess in Uyo.