By Marymagdalyn Francis
The Chairman, Kogi State chapter, Nigerian Medical Association, Dr Magnus C. Ogaraku says the strike action will go on midnight 13th January, if the state government persists on its indisposition to dialogue.
Ogaraku who spoke to some concerned indigenes of the state yesterday, said the association had written severally through the office of the Chief of Staff; the request was sent in August and the state government had maintained aloofness.
He said: “We have tried. We have begged. We have prostrated. We carried out community services on empty stomach. We have been pushed to the wall.”
The NMA, Kogi chapter Chairman said the association is still open to dialogue, as they would not want the impending strike action to affect innocent patients in the state.
He said the association remains in support of the Yahaya Bello led government, adding that: “The NMA leadership and Government in any state work together.”
The NMA, Kogi State chapter is requesting that the state government reviews the persistent non-payment of doctors with the state government, and the Federal Medical Center, Lokoja.
They had requested in a resolution, after an Emergency Congress Meeting, which took place at the Kogi Specialist Hospital that:
“All the doctors working with the Kogi State Government, who have not been paid their salaries up to date, should be paid within the next 21 days.
“All underpayments, illegal deductions from the salaries of these doctors should be corrected and refunded within 21 days.
“The management of Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja, should revert the work-no-pay rule and pay the affected Resident Doctors within 21 days.
“Harmonization of taxes to avoid multiple taxation, as is practiced in other states; stop intimidation or harassment of Registered Private Hospitals and clinics forthwith until harmonization is done.
“Failure of the Kogi State Government and the management of the FMC L to comply with these resolutions, the NMA Kogi state chapter will be left with no other option than to ask all her members in all health institute in Kogi state, including Private Hospitals to proceed on an indefinite strike action from midnight of 13th January, 2017.”