Lagos Assembly moves to avert doctors strike; NMA lauds Peter Obi

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Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly (LAHA), on Friday, held crucial meeting with stakeholders to avert the proposed indefinite strike by the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA).

Meanwhile, the Chairman of Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) in Anambra, Dr Marcel Nnoba, on Friday commended the state government for commencing the process of employing additional doctors in its health institutions.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the House discussed issues affecting the health sector.

Dr Ajibayo Adeyeye, the Majority Leader, while addressing the medical practitioners, appealed to them to resolve the issue without resulting to strike as it would affect the lives of citizens.

Adeyeye said the Lagos State Government could not afford to lose patients at this crucial time when it had committed huge amount to rehabilitation and reconstruction of hospitals.

The Leader urged the Federal Government to listen to the plights of members of the association with a view to finding solution to their problems.

He said “we cannot afford another strike in the health sector.

“One minute of strike in the health sector by whatever body can be very disastrous to the state.’’

The majority leader also told the doctors that the House was considering a law that would put a stop on any impending strike.

He added that “the ripple effect of strike is greater in Lagos as the population in the state cannot be compared with others.’’

Mr Suuru Avoseh, the Chairman, Committee on Health Services, charged the Lagos NMA and the government representatives to have a cordial relationship on how to resolve their differences.

“We should join hands together to do everything humanly possible to ensure that our hospitals are not shut down,’’ he said.

Avoseh, however, proposed that regular meetings be held between the House, medical professionals and government to address major challenges facing the sector.

Earlier, Mr Francis Faduyi, the Chairman, NMA Lagos State branch, said poor funding and remuneration of doctors were some of the problems.

Faduyi said the National Executive Council of the NMA would meet in Abuja on Saturday and the outcome of the meeting would determine if they would join the strike or not.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) in Anambra, Dr Marcel Nnoba, on Friday commended the state government for commencing the process of employing additional doctors in its health institutions.

Nnoba told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Onitsha that the development would aid better health delivery in Anambra, especially as the state was facing population explosion.

He said the employment of new doctors would help to reduce the over-worked doctors in the state’s health institution.

The NMA chairman noted that it had been up to 20 years when the last recruitment of doctors was done in government health institutions in Anambra.

“I know that the government had started the process of employing additional doctors through a laid down procedure.

“Presently, we have a lot of gap to fill, especially going with the population explosion the state is witnessing and the growing awareness of the residents to seek medical attention from well trained personnel,’’ he said.

The chairman, however, did not state the number of doctors to be employed; saying “no matter their number, it is a great help and relief to the health of our people’’.

Nnoba explained that with the present personnel gap, about 65 per cent of the residents of the state now seek medical attention from private hospitals.

“With about 60 to 70 doctors in government-owned health institutions; it is insufficient for a state like Anambra with the highest growing and cosmopolitan population in the South-East and South-South regions.

“Since people from Delta and Edo States also come to Anambra to seek medical attention,’’ he added.

Nnoba also thanked Gov. Peter Obi for the structural development in most health institutions in the state.

“We want to thank the governor for listening to us in the interest of our people as well as the cordial relationship that existed between the NMA and the government,’’ he said. (NAN)

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