The Nasarawa State chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association has issued a 21 days strike ultimatum to the state government over the poor welfare packages of doctors across the 13 local government areas of the state.
Speaking during a press briefing in Lafia on Tuesday, the Chairman of the NMA in the state, Dr Peter Attah, said the failure of the state government to meet the doctors’ demands within the stipulated time would spur the association to embark on industrial action.
He said the challenges being faced by members of the association included the non-implementation of promotion for doctors and annual salary increments; the non-implementation of the minimum wage and consequential adjustments; the non-implementation of the reviewed hazard allowance and the accrued 17 months arrears; inadequate manpower and overwork of doctors; a high burden of taxation on doctors; and medical residency training fund payment.
He said, “The challenges we are facing are enormous; we just decided to come up with these ones for now, and we hope that the state government will look into the matter from today, June 13, till July 3, 2023, when we will be embarking on an industrial action if our demands are not met by the state government.
“The Nasarawa State NMA is looking at the possibility where each of our general hospitals should have a minimum of four doctors, depending on the locations of the hospitals.”
Dr Attah further lamented that no fewer than 27 medical doctors had left the state since January 2023 due to the poor condition of service, and urged Governor Abdullahi Sule to hastily address the issues raised by the association in order to tackle brain drain in the health sector.