The Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Emem-Abasi Bassey has criticised the unhealthy rivalry in the health sector, saying it is neither in the interest of patients nor the nation’s health care delivery system.
Dr. Bassey who was the special guest of honour at the 6th Triennial Delegates’ Conference of the Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP) in Uyo, urged health workers’ unions in the country to ensure harmony among themselves for effective healthcare delivery.
The commissioner, represented by Dr Martins Akpan, pointed it out to the health workers that no meaningful progress could be achieved in the sector when there is disunity and rancour among the health unions in the country.
“As you begin deliberations today, it is important to remind you that key to providing effective healthcare to our people is the need to maintain harmony among constituent group in the sector.The current trend in the sector, which is characterised by suspicion, hostility, in-fighting and similar vices, is to say the least, not healthy for the health sector.
“Let me emphasise for the umpteenth time that maintaining harmony and team spirit among healthcare workers is a win-win situation,” he said.