By Stanley Okehie
The Nigerian Medical Association, Imo State Chapter has advised heads of medical institutions to make adequate arrangements to transfer their patients outside the state to ensure care.
This is even as they lashed out on the governor of the state, Senator Hope Uzodinma for reneging in all the promises he made them to dissuade them from downing tools.
They lamented the non-payment of their outstanding remuneration arrears since March 2020 to date to the doctors in IMSUTH Orlu, as well as the non-regularization of the salaries of doctors in Imo State Specialist Hospital, Ministry of Health, Hospitals Management Board and LGAs and payments to correct the shortfalls pending the commencement of the 2014 CONMESS structure.
NMA also demanded the circularization of the policy statement made by the governor more specifically, the circularization of the commencement of CONMESS 2014 to take effect from January 2021.
The State Chairman of NMA, Dr. Okwara Chidiebere, flanked by his secretary Dr. Nwafor Kingsley and Public Relations Officer, Dr. Ohadinma Uzoma had in a press briefing held at NMA Secretariat on December 1, 2020, said that “NMA identifies with the 3R agenda of the present administration as well as the anti-corruption process”, but accused the state government of insensitivity towards the welfare of doctors in the state.
According to the Chairman, though doctors in the state have commenced industrial action since November 24th, they shall remain open to work with the government towards amicable resolution of their challenges.
“Due to our concern for the health of Imolites, all federal health facilities, including Federal Medical Centre, Owerri will continue to work until Wednesday 9th December 2020 when they will join the strike for some days. All private health facilities will remain open to the masses for now. If the strike is prolonged, all private and federal health facilities will then be closed to our services as well.
“The NMA Imo State shall continue to review this situation as the need arises. Heads of medical institutions were advised to make adequate arrangements to transfer their patients outside the state to ensure care.”