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NMA issues 14-day ultimatum to government

15 June 2014, 19:42

Abuja - Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) on Thursday issued a 14-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to meet its demands or face an indefinite strike from July 1.

The NMA President, Dr Kayode Obembe, made this known at a news conference in Abuja.

Obembe gave newsmen an open letter addressed to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim, for onward delivery to President Goodluck Jonathan.

The letter was jointly signed by Obembe and the Secretary-General, Dr Adewumi Alayaki.

In the letter, the NMA demanded for the appointment of four Deputy Chairmen, Medical Advisory Committee for Teaching Hospitals and three for Federal Medical Centres.

He said the deputy chairmen would assist the Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee, whose statutory responsibilities were too heavy for an individual to handle.

Obembe said the NMA was opposed to the appointment of directors in hospitals, saying that it distorts the chain of command, induces anarchy and expose patients to conflicting treatment.

He said the other issues were relativity in the health sector, and skipping of Grade level 12 for medical and dental practitioners.

The others included reintegration of its members back into the IPPIS platform, increase in duty and specialist allowances, among others.

The NMA president appealed to Nigerians to intervene and appeal to government to meet the association’s demands to avoid the strike.

The copies of the letter were sent to 17 other stakeholders, including President of the Senate, David Mark.

The others were Speaker, House of Representatives, Ministers of Health, Labour and Productivity,  Finance and Head of Service of the Federation, among others. 

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