Nasarawa Doctors Declare Five-Day Strike To Warn The State GOVT

The Nigeria Medical Association, Nasarawa State chapter, has embarked on a five-day warning strike following the failure of the state government to meet its demands.

The state’s NMA said the strike started at 8am on Wednesday, July 5, and will end on Monday, July 10, 2023, at exactly 8am.

The medical association had earlier issued a 21-day strike ultimatum to the state government to meet its demands.

The Nasarawa’s NMA bewail the non-implementation of annual salary increments and promotion for doctors; non-implementation of minimum wage and consequential adjustments; non-implementation of the reviewed hazard allowance and the accrued 17 months Arrears; high burden of taxation on doctors and medical residency training fund payment; and inadequate manpower and overwork of doctors.

The Chairman of NMA in the state, Dr. Peter Attah, said during a press briefing in Lafia on Wednesday, that the decision to embark on the five-day warning strike was agreed on, at the association’s meeting held on Tuesday.

He said medical workers in the state are suffering due to poor welfare packages from the state government.

“The state government did not show seriousness to meet our demands and we have been patient enough on the matter. So, after 21 days’ notice, we have decided to embark on a five days warning strike which is starting today. We will resume work next week Monday, July 10, to take further decisions on the matter if the government fails to meet our demands before the said date.

“The strike action was unanimously decided by our members, so a monitoring team will be going around to check the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital, Lafia, and other 19 General Hospitals across the 13 Local Government Areas of the state, and any NMA member who defaults, will face the disciplinary committee of the association,” Dr. Attah said.

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