The Bayelsa State Government has enjoined health workers in the state to always display professionalism in the discharge of their duties.
The State Head of Service, Biobelemoye Charles Onyema gave the advice on Tuesday during the 2021 Annual General Meeting of the National Association of Government General Medical and Dental Practitioners (NAGGMDP) in Yenagoa.
Onyema who was represented by Helen Angalabiri advised health workers to uphold ethical values and to always remember that their sector is very critical, especially as it concerns the wellbeing of the people.
The Head of Service praised the association for the services they render, stressing that she has always identified with them in their fight against COVID-19 and urged them to keep up the good work.
On his part, the state commissioner for Health, Pabara Newton Igwele while advising Bayelsans to avail themselves for the Covid-19 vaccine, said it is safe and not in anyway harmful as being peddled.
He wished the association fruitful deliberations and assured that the Prosperity Administration of Senator Douye Diri is committed to improving their working conditions.
The Chairman of the occasion, and Permanent Secretary, Bayelsa State Agency for the Control of AIDS (BYSACA), Dr Azebi Oluwatoyin, praised the doctors for being heroes of the medical profession and their versatility in the care of Bayelsans living in rural areas.
She thanked the Governor for his support, while stating that Bayelsa is one of the leading states when it comes to doctors’ welfare and thanked the Commissioner for Health for his efforts in ensuring that the doctors have better working conditions.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the state chapter of the NAGGMDP, Dr Umuwe Stephen, said the doctors have been dedicated to manning state owned health facilities even in the most remote areas.
He solicited that welfare and accommodation for doctors be taken more seriously by the state government, as well as the payment of promotion arrears and employment of a larger workforce.
While delivering the theme lecture on “Facts, Myths, Realities of COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptability in Bayelsa State”, Dr Neni Awhorabi-Oki said what is ongoing in the state is hesitancy and not acceptability.
She revealed that out of the 44,000 doses sent to Bayelsa, only 15, 281 doses have been accepted which is very low, saying the government has been embarking on public awareness campaigns to educate the public and allay their fears.
She further called on doctors to be supportive of the vaccination and not join those who speak against it on the media, saying the new strains of COVID-19 ravaging India has been found in Nigeria, therefore all hands need to be in deck to fight the surge.
Highpoint of the event was the presentation of an Award of Excellence to the Commissioner for Health for his selflessness, courage, character and immense contribution to the Association.
Other awardees included the Chairman House Committee on Health, Oyinke Godbless, the Head of Service, Biobelemoye Onyema, the Chairman, Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) Bayelsa State, Dr Torunana Ngowari among others.