South-West NMA Issues Ultimatum, Threatens Solidarity Strike With NARD

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The South-West Caucus of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, has given the government a 21-day ultimatum to meet the demands of the striking National Association of Residents Doctors.

Its Secretary, Dr. Bolaji Salako, said the ultimatum, which lapses on Sept.18, also covered the demands of the Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria.

Salako told the News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan on Tuesday that if the demands of the two associations were not met before the expiration of the ultimatum, the caucus might embark on strike.

He said the strike would pressurize the government into attending to their demands.

Salako noted that at the expiration of the ultimatum on Sept. 18, the association would hold an emergency meeting to decide on the strike or to take other actions.

“What NMA is doing is not only pertaining to NARD alone; we have other affiliates that have issues also; some of them are doctors in the universities.

“But the NARD issue is the pressing one, as it is on strike and we want to ensure that we get them back to their duty posts.

“The government should try and always ensure that they fulfil their promises and not shy away from them. The citizens must be able to trust the government.

“This strike is something that is preventable if they have fulfilled their end of the bargain,’’ he said.

Salako said the country could not afford to have all its doctors go on strike, especially with the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.

He also noted the non-payment of full and appropriate salaries to doctors by the Ekiti State Government.

The NMA South-West caucus also condemned as injustice the refusal of the Osun State government to pay call duty and allowances to female doctors at Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Ile-Ife, when they are on maternity leave. 

(NAN)

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