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NMA Issues 21-Days Ultimatum To Obaseki To Resolve Issues

The Nigeria Medical Association has issued a 21-day ultimatum to Governor Godwin Obaseki to resolve issues in the state’s health sector or face indefinite strike action.

It said the dispute with the Government bothered on what it termed deplorable state of health sector in the state.

The NMA had on March embarked on five days warning strike which ended on March 11.

State Chairman of NMA, Dr. Osaigbovo Emmanuel, who spoke at a press briefing in Benin City, expressed dissatisfaction with the manner the state government handled negotiation with the body over the past one year.

Dr. Osaigbovo said the indefinite strike action would commence on April 1st and that doctors in private practice might be asked to join in the strike action.

Osaigbovo listed the demands of the NMA to include immediate revamping of the health sector, addressing the total decay of infrastructure fixed and movable and employment of more doctors.

He said some hospitals in the state have no doctor as only 180 doctors are spread across the 34 general hospitals in the state.

Dr. Osaigbovo stated that what is worrisome is that all the committees set up to look into ways of fixing the health sector have submitted reports but the state government appeared to have jettison the reports.

According to him, “The morale of doctors are very low and made worse by the fact that there are inadequate facilities as well as poor working environment.

“Doctors employed into the state hospitals are the least paid in the country due to non-implementation of the appropriate salary scale approved for doctors nationwide. This has led to continuous drain of doctors from the state hospitals. They have become endangered species because they are far behind their counter-parts in other states.

Dr. Osaigbovo appealed to religious leaders, traditional rulers and politicians to urge Governor Obaseki to address agitations faced by doctors in the state.

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