The Ilorin Emirate Medical Group weekend, appealed to the government and the Nigerian masses to support the cause of medical practitioners over their plight.
Prof Aishatu Gobir, the President of Ilorin Emirate Medical Group made the appeal during a press conference organised by the association as part of activities marking the Annual General Meeting (AGM).
She observed that the medical practitioners are being poorly remunerated, which is having adverse effect on the health sector as doctors are seeking for greener pastures outside the country.
“We appeal to the masses to understand our plight and support us and the government should also reason with us.
“When most doctors continue to leave the country, there will be collapse in the health sector. Where will people go?, quacks will take over,” she lamented.
Gobir said that medical practitioners in Nigeria are not parasite as being perceived in some quarters but only asking what for their rights.
According to her, there is no amount of value that’s enough for the health sector as it is the wealth of any nation.
The president of the Ilorin emirate medical group noted that the association has been in existence for the past five years and has been engaging communities across the emirate to ensure healthy citizens in Kwara.
She also noted that the association has been instrumental in creating linkage between communities and health sector in areas of effective services to people especially in the rural areas.
Gobir disclosed that the AGM will focus on medical practice in the emirate, adding that there are about 300 members, and will also deliberate on challenges of female medical practitioners.
She observed that female as bedrock of any society have peculiar roles to play.
“The group is also collaborating with Nigerian medical doctors in diaspora to expand screening on cervical cancer for women.
“We commend the present administration for their efforts in improving the health sector and appeal for more tertiary institutions,” she said