Abuja - Medical doctors in Lagos State have commended efforts by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode towards resolving their grievances.
These include the outstanding issues relating to welfare of professionals as well as improving the healthcare delivery in the state.
Chairman of the State Medical Guild, Dr Biyi Kufo, gave the commendation at the General Meeting of the Guild in Lagos.
“We had met with Akinwunmi Ambode during the run up to the governorship election and informed him about the issues we have and he made a promise to resolve the issues if he was elected. We make no apologies with a designation of our Governor as the song we have been waiting for to come and change a heart of stone,” said Kufo.
He said Ambode had directed that all the key issues be resolved while the suspension of intake of new residents into the Residency Training Program Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) has been lifted.
“The admission of the new residents has commenced and the appointment of doctors as contract workers has been stopped,” Kufo said.
He also disclosed that the governor had directed that medical doctors currently on contracts should be converted to permanent staff and the salaries during the three months of industrial action be paid.
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“I am delighted to inform the house that having delivered on all the promises,” said Kufo.
“We are grateful to Governor Ambode not only for fulfilling his promise to us but has also rekindled the faith of our membership in the political leadership in Lagos State, we have also commenced discussions with government over implementation of the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS)” Kufo added.
Chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association, Lagos State Chapter, Dr Tope Ojo, commended the governor for his various discussions with medical personnel especially over implementation of the standard salary scale.
Meanwhile, Special Adviser to the governor on Primary Health Care, Dr Femi Onanuga, urged medical professionals to continuously uphold the Hippocratic Oath in the discharge of their duties.
He assured them of his administration’s commitment to their concerns.
- CAJ News