Ikpeazu’s regime owing doctors 24 months salary – NMA

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As of today, Abia is the second-best in school enrolment in Nigeria. We have consistently taken the lead in WAEC examinations for the last four years while our State University has moved up in ranking from No. 99 to No. 26 and is now the second-best State University in Nigeria.

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has slammed the Abia State government for owing doctors and health workers their salaries and allowances for 24 months.

The association berated the Okezie Ikpeazu’s regime at a press conference after the closure of its 2022 National Executive Council (NEC) meeting held at Gombe International Hotel, Gombe State.

Dr Uche Roland Ojinmah, National president of the association who addressed the press conference said they are disappointed over the failure of the government of Abia State to pay their members salaries and allowances in the state pointing out that doctors are essential workers in the society who should be motivated to work.

Ojinmah also lamented the poor salaries received by health workers nationwide, claiming that the last time their salaries was reviewed was in 2009.

Ojinmah said many doctors leave out of Nigeria to other countries as a result of the poor remunerations thereby causing shortage of manpower in the nation’s health facilities.

He decried the lack of working equipment, conducive environment and inadequate doctors in the country pointing out that they are overstretched.

“Health workers are already being overstretched with serious distortion in the already worst Doctor-Patient ratio of 1 doctor per 5, 000 patients in Nigeria as against the World Health Organization recommendation of 1 doctor per 600 patients. The shortage of doctors is currently driving the epidemic of physicians’ burnout in Nigeria.

“The NEC also notes the negative effects of physician burnout in all aspects of medical care including lower patients satisfaction and care quality. We expressed dismay for the government’s inability to address the push factors driving brain drain which are mass exodus of doctors and other health workers in search of greener pastures.

“NEC reiterates that unless something drastic is done by government to address the problem of brain drain, the already worst health indices may eventually spiral out of control. It should also be noted that the rapid population growth and resulting encroachment into wilderness by humans, globalization, extensive resistance to drugs by micro-organisms and climate change are the key factors responsible for emerging and re-emerging of diseases outbreak,” he stated.