The Abia State Government, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) says it will commence an indefinite strike in the state today over non-payment of salaries.
This is contained in a communique issued by NMA’s Chairman, Dr Abali Isaiah, and Secretary, Dr Daniel Ekeleme, after meeting on Wednesday in Aba.
The associated lamented that their colleagues working at the Abia State University Teaching Hospital (ABSUTH) and the Health Management Board (HMB) are being owed between 21 to 25 months and 13 months’ salary arrears respectively.
The NMA accused the state government of not showing any serious commitment to the untold harship the doctors are facing.
The communique read in part, “Failure to meet the above-mentioned demands on or before 8th of December 2022 would force ALL Doctors in Federal, State, and private sectors in Abia State to proceed on total and indefinite strike.
“The ABSG should be held responsible for any medical mishap that may occur during the period of industrial disharmony.
“The 21 days Ultimatum given to ABSG to clear the aforementioned salary arrears is currently in its 17th day.”