Cross River State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Angela Oyo-Ita has expressed her displeasure over the continued depletion in the number of doctors in the state government employment in the rural areas of the state.
Oyo-Ita said this is posing serious danger to the state health care delivery program as health care services to the rural populace is been adversely affected.
The health commissioner stated this while addressing doctors in the state during the celebration of World Family Doctors Day in Calabar.
The Commissioner disclosed that about 70% of doctors in the State are working in the Federal Government owned University of Calabar Teaching Hospital UCTH, while 23.5% are in private practice, with only six percent in the State employment with very few in the rural areas.
She maintained that the goal of the primary health care program cannot be achieved without properly addressing the imbalance in the spread of doctors to the rural areas.
“With over 70% of Cross Riverians residing in the rural areas, there is need for the presence of a family doctor in each health facility established in the rural areas to help people who cannot go to the city to get quality health care delivery.” she said.
The commissioner pledged the readiness of the State Government to partner with the doctors to ensure that families in the rural areas have access to health care.
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