Nigerian federal lawmaker, Mr Onofiok Luke has charged the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) Akwa Ibom State Chapter to inspire the needed change in the health sector of the State.
Luke who is the Member representing Etinan/Nsit Ibom/Nsit Ubium Federal Constituency made the call at the NMA State Officers Committee Leadership and Strategic Session held at Amity Hotel, Uyo on Friday. He was a special guest at the event, and spoke on the subject: “Leaders as Change agents: How NMA can Inspire, influence and change the health sector in Akwa Ibom State.” He said that the topic of discussion was dear to his heart.
“I find this theme very germane especially in a time like this. Leaders by virtue of its nature should be agents of change because our society is constantly changing”.
“Today, nobody would have properly envisaged the public health pandemic that has bedevilled our world leaving behind its attendant economic consequences. COVID 19 has changed our world and as leaders in our different fields, we must lead the approach models for adjusting” Luke said.
Suggesting ways in which leaders can be change agents, Luke prescribed leaders to have an overactive innovative gland, passion for principles and known for integrity, possess less concern for validation or affirmation, have a high level of curiosity and learn the ability to master past failures and turn them into successes are attitude components a change agent needs to galvanise a leader to achieve the desired result.
“To affect change wherever we find ourselves, a change agent leader must be the first to recognise and develop dissatisfaction with the status quo. In doing this the leader must be able to correctly assess and evaluate the current and future level of dissatisfaction that exists and he or she finds the dissatisfaction strong and unbearable, then the potential of change exists and begins”. Luke added.
He said that primary health care delivery has experienced a certain level of dissatisfaction over the past years. This he believes is the reason the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital a tertiary health facility has been overstretched and burdened with all manner of primary health cases.
He commended the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr Udom Emmanuel for giving priority to the health care of the people in his administration’s development agenda and for the proposed incremental allowances for health practitioners in the state.
“The Governor has given a total facelift to a lot of health care facilities in the state in order to support in the delivery of health care services”.
He emphasized training for medical personnel to keep them in tune with the latest technologies and equipment for use in the practice. And also providing support to see our medical doctor trained to become Consultants in different fields of medicine.
Luke said that COVID-19 has taught us who our real heroes and heroines are: the health workers. He said that they must be fully motivated with incentives to keep standing in the front line of providing our nation with a healthy population to work for the development and prosperity of our state and country.