After six months of industrial action, medical doctors in Abia State have decided to suspend their strike to allow the new administration to address the crisis.
The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) initiated the strike on December 8, 2022, demanding the payment of salary arrears owed to doctors by the previous governor, Okezie Ikpeazu.
Reports revealed that the Abia State University Teaching Hospital, Hospitals Management Board, and Ministry of Health were indebted to doctors for 23, 16, and two months’ salary arrears respectively.
In a statement jointly signed by Dr. Isaiah Abali, the state Chairman, and Daniel Ekeleme, the Secretary, the NMA expressed their decision to give the present government, led by Dr. Alex Otti, an opportunity to fulfill its promise. The government has assured them that all salary arrears owed to doctors in Abia will be cleared by December 31.
The statement read in part, “It is our expectation that the government would expedite action on the payment of the salaries as promised to avert the ugly trend of the recent.
“The promise to pay off these salaries was also emphasized by his Special Adviser on Health in a meeting with NMA Abia State Executive on Friday, June 2.”
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