Incredible: CR Has Only 18 Medical Doctors

Sources within the Cross River State Ministry of Health have informed that the state government has only 18 medical doctors in her employ to man the 15 general hospitals in the state, a figure considered grossly inadequate.

Unfortunately as our sources informed, about four doctors will retire from service this year further reducing the number of medical doctors in the employ of the state to a disturbing 14.

On why the state has only 18 doctors, sources pointed to the poor conditions of service for doctors in the state’s employ as one reason why most young doctors are not attracted to the service. “You cannot compare what they earn in the state here and what they can earn in the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, UCTH”, one source said. “You can even go to UCTH and see that one departments there can even boast of 50 doctors, higher than what the state as a whole has.” Another source in the ministry informed that the disparity in pay and medical exposure is so wide that most doctors do not think twice before turning their backs on the state service. It is a situation “that is very sad”, one other source said, wondering how government hopes to execute her primary health care programme with a visible dearth of doctors.

Meanwhile, the state Schools of Nursing in Calabar, Itigidi and Ogoja which lost her accreditation in February this year may provide very slim options for the more than one thousand students currently undergoing training in the schools. This is because the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria is insisting that unless poor standards and facilities are improved upon in the schools, they cannot graduate students.

It is a decision the CRS Ministry of Health is frantically trying to reverse as contact has been established with the Council, our sources concluded.

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