Umuahia – The Abia Commissioner for Health, Dr Candy Ahuama, says the striking doctors and health workers of Abia State University Teaching Hospital (ABSUTH) Aba, will return to work next week.
Ahuama told newsmen in Umuahia at the weekend, that the government hadÂ held dialogues with the workers to return to work, and that some of their demands had been met.
He said, however, that the issue of salary increase is yet to be resolved.
He gave the assurance that in the next one week, the striking workers would get two months arrears of salary owed to them.
According to him government has taken the steps to resolve the impasse because of the importance of teaching hospitals in the health sector.
“The state government is interested in upgrading the facilities of the hospital toÂ meet international standard and plans have been concluded to procure a state-of-the-art dialysis machine.”
He explained that equipment donated to the hospital by some Nigerians abroad, developed some problems while being off-loaded at the port, pointing out that the cost of repairs was equivalent to purchasing new ones.
â€œWe are buying a new dialysis machine, it will be wise to buy a new machine than to repair the second hand equipment donated to the state,â€ he said.
He also disclosed that government would equip the teaching hospital with cancer screening machine to actualise the state governmentâ€™s vision of making Abia a cancer-screening centre in the country.