By Adejumoke Alebiosu
Nigeria Medical Association, (NMA) recently visited the corps medical personnel of the 2020 Batch ‘B’ (Stream 2) Service year in Anambra State currently undergoing their orientation course at the Anambra State orientation Camp, Umuawulu/Mbaukwu.
Dr Jide Onyekwelu, chairman NMA, has advised corps medical personnel to insist on doing the right thing and not allow their host communities to influence their decisions.
He sensitized corps medical personnel on their expected role in the state especially as they will soon be moving into the nooks and crannies for their primary assignment.
‘Identify with the association and older practitioners by asking questions and attending programmes and activities of the association in the state.’ Onyekwelu urged
Reacting, Mr Kehinde Aremu, NYSC Anambra State Coordinator, thanked the NMA for the visit, aimed at mentoring the corps medical personnel and specially appealed that the visit be made more regularly at the orientation camp and also to assist in sensitizing members of their professional body on the need for medical personnel to augment the manpower needs of the state.
Aremu frowned at the usual practice of the State Medical Board concentrating the spread of corps medical Personnel to only urban areas of the state instead of the rural areas where their services are mostly needed and better appreciated and urged the association to play advisory role on this.
‘There is need to educate the young medical personnel also on the brighter side of the profession and deemphasize the scary side such as the effect of the COVID 19 adverse effects on medical front liners.’ Aremu advised
The association also addressed the entire 2020 Batch B Stream 2 on the prevention and control of COVID 19, they also donated some personal protective equipment (PPE) for use in the camp clinic.