The Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, on Friday called on the Federal Government to implement recommendations of the Yayale Ahmed-led committee and consider the possibility of public-private partnership, saying it will address incessant industrial actions in the health sector.
Chairman of NMA in Plateau state, Dr Dajel Titus Bulus made the call while addressing journalists in Jos.
Bulus said, “We wish to call on the Federal Government to implement the recommendations of the Yayale Ahmed led committee and consider the possibility of public-private partnership in the health sector to address the incessant unrest in the health sector.
“We appreciate the current anti-corruption fight in the country and wish to stress that government should watch out for government officials who may succumb to any financial inducement to sign agreement that are untenable and unsustainable.
On the ongoing strike by the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU), the NMA chairman said, “While the Nigerian Medical Association is not against their struggle for whatever reason, NMA is however worried that most of their demands are ill-motivated, ill-guided and mischievous and a direct challenge on the leadership role of doctors in healthcare delivery.
According to him, the demands of JOHESU seek to reverse the significant gains that have been made in the past to stabilize the health sector.
Speaking on the involvement of the state and local government workers in the ongoing JOHESU strike, Bulus said, “Its unfortunate and disheartening.
“We wish to advise that health workers in Plateau State suspend their involvement in the ongoing strike.”
According to him, “This is to reciprocate the good will of the Governor of the State who has strived against all financial challenges to implement one of the best salary structures for them without any threat of strike.
“Beyond that, has continued to pay their salaries regularly and passionately,” he stressed.
By: Agabus Pwanagba
Daily Post News
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