The Association of Resident Doctors in Borno State urged doctors to not refuse to work in rural areas of the northeast of the State where counterinsurgency operations are being carried out, according to Dr. Yakubu Ndaiki HOD of Medicine UMTH during a conference.
Dr. Ndaiki stated this while giving a presentation on the role of medicine in counterinsurgency operations during the Annual 2015 General Meeting this weekend in Maiduguri.
He expressed his belief that the government can motivate and provide amenities to doctors and encourage them to work in the rural areas ravaged by Boko Haram terrorists.
''We need doctors to work in rural areas, as long as governments can provide amenities in the Local Government Area (LGA), and they will be motivated because we only have a few doctors in rural areas now. I urge the doctors not to refuse to work in rural areas in this counter-insurgency operation,'' Dr. Ndaiki said.
He noted that increasing the capacity of the indigenous health sector is the most effective tool in the counterinsurgency. “This [increasing indigenous health sector] is the way in which the counterinsurgency will attain legitimacy in the eyes of the governed,'' Dr. Yakubu Ndaiki said.
However, in his remarks the Secretary General of the National Association of Residents Doctors of Nigeria (NARD) Dr. Ibrahim S. Kuburi disclosed that the doctors in the northeast are over stretched as a result of Boko Haram militants and both the Federal and State governments should employee new medical personnel.
''As a matter of urgency the Federal and State governments need to employ new medical personnel and increase the health facilities in northeast. Because our doctors are ‘overstretched’ and more hands are needed,” Dr. Kuburi said.
Theme of this year’s Annual General Meeting was “The Challenges of Healthcare Delivery in a Post-Insurgency Borno State”.