By Chika Onyesi
The Nigerian Medical Association has frowned at the failure of the Abia State Government to pay salaries of doctors and other health workers at the Abia State University Teaching Hospital for up to 13 months while also owing members of the state Hospital Management Board for 10 months.
The NMA President, Dr Francis Faduyile, disclosed displeasure of the doctors at a meeting to brief the press on the outcomes of the association’s 59th Annual General Conference and delegates’ meeting held in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.
Dr. Faduyile also noted that doctors and health worker in the employment of the Imo Slate Government have only received 70% of their salaries since September 2015.
According to the NMA, the actions of both State Governments are unacceptable and must be reversed.
‘‘We have directed the National officers Committee (NOC) to interphase with the Abia and Imo State governors, using all legitimate means to ensure the full payment of accrued salaries for all doctors and health workers without further delay’’
The NMA president also disclosed that the association will appear at the next meeting of the Nigeria Governors Forum to discuss the alleged abysmal nature of doctors’ salaries with state governors.
Dr. Faduyile also revealed that AGC/DM directed all doctors’ not to participate in any State Health Insurance Scheme activated without the input of the body of doctors in the State, until there is a meaningful engagement between government and stake holders.
The NMA president also called on the police and other security agencies to secure the release of two doctors kidnapped in Taraba State.
He added that the two doctors were still being held even after the ransom has been paid.
The NMA president said the association decried what he described as criminalisation of Nigerian doctors, noting that all grievances relating to the medical and dental practice should be directed to the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria.