HEALTH SECTOR: FRESH CRISIS LOOM IN KOGI STATE

The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) Kogi State Chapter has warned that the state’s health sector may plunge into another round of crisis if nothing is done to avert it.

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The state Chairman of NMA, Dr Tijani Godwin Atayi gave the warning while speaking with newsmen in Lokoja on Monday.

It would be recalled that NMA after its Emergency Congress on June 22nd, 2017, suspended her industrial action for three months and promised to reconvene in September to reappraise the suspended strike and resume if their demands were not met.

According to the NMA chairman, “The three months ultimatum expires in September, but up till now, nobody has called NMA for a meeting.

“All efforts to meet with Commissioner for Health proved abortive. No concrete information from government on Revised CONMESS, Promotion and annual incremental steps.

“About eight of our members are still on the uncleared list and have not being paid salary for several months. Underpayment still persists despite several reassurance from government.

“How long do we wait for this to be corrected? Nobody should blame NMA for any round of strike.”

He noted that NMA has shown understanding with the government and appealed to them to reciprocate that gesture to avoid any crisis in the state’s health sector.

“We are open to dialogue and we will always do what will project this government in a positive way. We will always support the government to succeed and improve the health indices of Kogi State but our demands should be addressed to reduce the financial burden my members are passing through.

“September is around the corner and no tangible efforts have been made as regards the NMA demands. We want a concrete commitment from government by addressing these issues to ensure the industrial harmony enjoyed in the health sector is not truncated,” he said

Credit: Daily Post

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