By Gab Ejuwa
YENAGOA—Chairman of Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, Bayelsa State chapter, Dr Keme Pondei, has described as ‘selfish’ the demands by Joint Health Sector Unions, JOHESU, for the ongoing strike in the country.
Dr Pondei, in a statement in Yenagoa, yesterday, regretted that the strike was aimed at disrupting quality health delivery in the state. He pointed out that members of NMA in the state were not on strike.
He said: “The demands by JOHESU members made up of mostly cleaners, ward maids, laboratory scientists, nurses and pharmacists to get equal pay as medical doctors, are unobtainable anywhere in the world.
“Equal pay with medical doctors is unobtainable anywhere in the world because while doctors are not opposed to improvement in emoluments, we oppose equality of pay.
“NMA notes with displeasure the attempt by an amorphous illegal group of allied health workers who are mostly cleaners, ward maids, laboratory scientists, nurses and pharmacists among others, called JOHESU to disrupt the provision of quality health services to the good people of Bayelsa.
“JOHESU is trying to arm-twist the Federal Government through a national strike for a long list of demands because any attempt at granting this request, means that same must be applied to medical doctors.”