The Nigerian Medical Association, (NMA)Kogi State Chapter has assured the people of the state that doctors are not on strike and would be available for consultation in all the health facilities in the State.
This was contained in a statement signed by the State Chairman of the Association, Dr. Godwin Atayi copy of which was made available to newsmen in Lokoja, stated that doctors will continue to attend to the patients.
Atayi explained that Drugs, laboratory investigation among others can be outsourced in the interim.
He therefore called on management of all hospitals to support doctors as they continue to render services to the patients, by ensuring safety of doctors, access to equipments and clinic .
“The Association call on all her members across the State to continue to render selfless services to our patient despite the ongoing strike action by other health workers in the State.
“The Association also wishes to bring to the notice of the general public that doctors in Nigeria have never at any point opposed to agitation for improved welfare or career progression of other health workers, but any review of salaries must accommodate relatively in line with best international practices.
“The Association want to call on health workers in the State to thread with caution in joining National JOHESU to press home ‘their’ demand so as not to jeopardize the good will of the State government that has been very supportive of the health workforce in the State in terms of their rightful remuneration. Other federal health workers have been on full CONHESS since 2010 and didn’t do anything to support the State chapter to achieve same.
“The Association call on government at all level to tour the path of truth and call a spade a spade, to bring to an end these unnecessary recurrent crises in the health sector. The government of Nigeria will do well to implement fully the report of ‘Yayale Ahmed presidential committee on industrial harmony in health sector’. This we believe will enshrine international best practices
“Our medicine cannot be different from where we borrowed it,” he posited .