Kogi Medical Doctors Embark On Strike

Medical Doctors in Kogi State have embarked on an industrial action.

The members of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, Kogi State chapter on Sunday in a statement released directed its members to embark on the strike starting from Monday.

The strike action was embarked upon by the state chapter of the Medical Association over the alleged failure of the state government to meet their demands.

The Chairman of the association, Godwin Tijani, while speaking in Lokoja revealed that the state government has been unable to meet the demands of the association in paying the demanded full salaries of the medical doctors in the state.

He further added that the state government has also been meddling in the funds allocated to the association as all funds of the associatiin were not remitted in full whereas 100 per cent taxes were deducted from their salaries.

Tijani added: “Congress, therefore, resolved that all its members across the state should resume total and indefinite withdrawal of healthcare services from all hospitals in Kogi, with effects from 12:00 midnight on Sunday, Jan 7, 2018.

“We want government to give a definite time line for the full implementation of adjusted CONMESS (new salary structure) for doctors in the state civil service and the accrued arrears since January, 2014.

“Congress will reconvene once the state government responds appropriately to the aforementioned demands.”

Tijani however added that the commissioner for Health and Finance in the state along with others were to be appreciated for their presence at the congress held by the doctor’s association to douse the tension of members and ensure a peaceful resolution of the matter.