Thursday, March 23

NYSC Coordinator Bemoans Rigorous Processes In Accessing Healthcare Services

… as COOUTH assures of continued partnership with the scheme.

By Joseph Albert (Umunna TV)

“Rigorous processes” corps members are subjected to before they access healthcare services is source of concern to Mrs Blessing Ekene Iruma, the Coordinator of National Youths Service Corps, NYSC, in Anambra State.

The NYSC Coordinator, who made the feeling known when the Management of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, COOUTH, Awka, led by the Chief Medical Director, Hon. Dr. Joe Akabuike, paid her a courtesy visit at NYSC Orientation camp, Mbaukwu, Awka South Local Government Area of the state, said the worrisome aspect of the development is that the corps members had enrolled into the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS.

Mrs Iruma however expressed happiness with the Management of COOUTH for taking steps to synergize with the NYSC for the benefit of corps members.

She equally expressed concern over poor remuneration corps members receive in the state, and appealed for immediate upward review, noting that corps members constitute more than seventy five percent of the state workforce.
“It is unreasonable to continue to use our corps members as cheap labour given the current economy situation of the nation”.

In his remark, the Chief Medical Director of COOUTH, Dr Akabuike, while handing over Personal Protective Wears donated by the hospital to the the camp clinic, assured that the hospital will continue to partner with NYSC to improve existing relationship.

He commended the NYSC for it’s contributions in serving citizens and residents of Anambra State by ensuring that corps members are posted to the state for one year mandatory national assignment.

On corps members stipend, Dr Akabuike, who was represented by the Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee of the hospital, Dr. Emmanuel Mbah, promised to communicate concerns expressed over the matter to appropriate authorities, adding that with some level of autonomy the hospital enjoys, it will also look into the matter and do its best to ensure that no party feels marginalized.

Information officer of COOUTH, Lovelyn Ezeakunne, among other officers were present during the visit.

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