The Abia State Government has denied a media report claiming that it terminated the employment of doctors in the state. The government dismissed the report as fake news and urged the public to disregard it, stating that it was deliberately planted by mischievous individuals with the aim of discrediting the government.
Dr. Ngozi Okoronkwo, the Commissioner for Health, refuted the report and assured the public that the government is committed to promptly paying salaries and allowances to health workers. She emphasized that Governor Alex Otti has no plans to dismiss any medical doctors or healthcare personnel in the state’s public service.
Dr. Okoronkwo clarified that the alleged termination of doctors existed only in the imagination of those spreading the falsehood. She stated, “The supposed sack is a product of the authors’ imagination, as the government has no intention of terminating the employment of any doctor or health personnel who are currently supporting our ongoing efforts to revitalize the health sector in the state.”
Furthermore, the Commissioner confirmed that no one has been instructed to submit a “fresh expression of interest” as stated in the false circular. She advised doctors and the general public to ignore the rumors and instead support the government’s various initiatives aimed at improving healthcare delivery in the state.
Dr. Okoronkwo highlighted that since her appointment as Special Adviser on Health Care Delivery in the Otti administration, she has implemented several practical measures to revive the health sector in the state. As a result, health workers ended their six-month strike and returned to work promptly.
She also mentioned that she is currently leading the efforts of the Dr. Otti administration to reconstruct dilapidated healthcare facilities across the state.
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