NMA applauds unlocking of FMC Lokoja, commends Ministry
The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) Kogi chapter has applauded the Federal Ministry of Health for reopening the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Lokoja shut down six months ago over attack on the facility by hoodlums.
The association disclosed this in a statement signed by its state chairman, Dr Omakoji Oyiguh and secretary, Dr Fomotele Tolorunju and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lokoja,
The state NMA chapter expressed its delight that the hospital had finally reopened and commended the Ministry for allowing the voice of reason to prevail with a decision to unlock the health institution.
The statement particularly commended the Minister of State for Health, Senator Olorunimbe Mamora for his relentless efforts saying, “We wish to thankfully express the joy of our members to you that the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja is finally opened to receive patients.
“We appreciate all your efforts in ensuring a peaceful resolution of the impasse that resulted in the closure of the institution”, the statement stressed.
It stressed that with the reopening of the facility, members of the Association at the Centre who had been idle in the past six months could now go back to work and offer services that would “bring smiles to the faces of patients”.
The statement said that the members had waited eagerly for the embargo on the shut down institution to be lifted adding that they were in high spirit to resume work and offer their services to benefit of the people.
The NMA also commended the Ministry for ensuring that its members at the Federal medical facility were considered and accorded opportunity to attend the 2020 promotion interview.
NAN reports that workers of the medical facility were on Friday seen clearing their premises and dusting their offices and medical equipment in readiness for the envisaged reopening of the facility to the members of the public by Monday, 30th November.
It would be recalled that suspected hoodlums stormed the FMC in the early hours of Wednesday, July 1, destroying the administrative block and carting away computers, other equipment and files related to COVID-19 Pandemic. (NAN)