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Kogi doctors proceed to shut down hospitals

*Over non payment of members’ salaries

Doctors in Kogi are angry over the inability of the state government to pay their full monthly salaries and have resolved to shut hospitals on Monday.

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has directed its members to resume strike on Monday over state government’s failure to meet their demands.

Dr Godwin Tijani, the Chairman of the association, said in Lokoja on Sunday that the inability of the state government to pay the doctors’ full salaries was unacceptable.

Besides, Tijani said all the doctors’ associations and union dues as well as members’ cooperative society contributions were not remitted in full whereas 100 per cent taxes were deducted from their salaries.

Tijani added that even some doctors were yet to be paid.

“Congress, therefore, resolved that all her 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, 7th January, 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,” he said.

Tijani, however, appreciated the commissioners for Health and Finance and others who were at the congress to douse tension and ensure peaceful resolution of the matter.

He also commended their members for their patience and understanding.

It would be recalled that the Kogi NMA had suspended an earlier strike over the demand on 22nd June, 2017 following the state government assurances that it would meet their demands.

It gave the government up till 31st December, 2017, to meet the demand or face strike.

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