Posted By: Odunayo Ogunmola
Doctors in Ekiti State, under the aegis of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), have decried the six months’ unpaid salaries owed their colleagues working in government hospitals.
They said the situation was causing them serious hardship.
The doctors called for the immediate payment of their salaries and effective funding of health institutions, particularly the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH).
They said this would improve healthcare delivery and ensure that EKSUTH meets its core mandate in research and training.
NMA’s State Chairman, Dr. Sunday Omoya, spoke at the weekend in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, at an event marking the end of the 2017 Physicians’ Week and the association’s annual general meeting (AGM).
Omoya said 300 people were offered free medical treatment by doctors at Ipole Iloro in Ekiti West Local Government Area within the period under review.
The NMA chairman said the body also held medical education for rural dwellers on dieting, hypertension, HIV/AIDS and other ailments ravaging the people at the grassroots.
He added that NMA was tightening the noose on quackery with the signing of an agreement with state government for the introduction of accreditation of health facilities to fish out operators of illegal medical centres.
Pleading for the payment of doctors’ salaries, Omoya said: “We are pleading that even if all the arrears won’t be paid, government must bring us as per with our colleague civil servants.
“As we speak now, six months are being owed while civil servants are owed five months. This is causing serious demoralisation to our doctors in all the cadres of health institutions.”