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Prioritize timely payment of doctors, other healthcare workers’ salaries – NMA

…Decries delay in payment of doctors’ salaries, manpower gaps in Kogi

 

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) Kogi chapter has called on the Kogi Government to prioritize the timely payment of salaries for doctors and other healthcare workers.

 

NMA made the call in a communiqué jointly signed by Dr Baoku Olusola and Dr Emmanuel B.J Kelvin, the Chairman and Secretary of Kogi NMA respectively.

The NMA also raised alarm regarding the shortage of human resources in various healthcare institutions across the state.

The association expressed concern over the delayed payment of monthly salaries for doctors working in tertiary hospitals, specifically the Kogi State Specialist Hospital (KSSH) in Lokoja and Prince Abubakar Audu Teaching Hospital in Anyigba, and emphasized the agitation and restlessness of the affected doctors.

The NMA urged the state government to address the gaps in healthcare staffing by recruiting more doctors to meet the needs of various health institutions in the state.

It further appealed to the Governor to approve and implement various welfare packages for doctors in the state, including the provision of a new hazard allowance.

While commending the Governor for the significant investments in healthcare infrastructure across the state, the NMA expressed its gratitude to God Almighty, Governor Yahaya Bello (CON), and all members of his cabinet.

Furthermore, the NMA appealed to the Governor to extend support to the three doctors currently undergoing medical treatment.

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