By Asmau Ahmad
The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), has urged the Nigeria’s Federal Government to reconsider its plans of “No work no pay” on medical workers, saying the act will further destroy the sector.
The call by the association was made by the FCT, Abuja chapter of the associaiton in collaboration with the Nasarawa and Kogi states chapters, at a news conference in Abuja, to usher in the 2023 Annual General Meeting (AGM), and Scientific conference of the NMA-FCT.
Dr Charles Ugwuanyi, the Chairman of NMA-FCT, condemned the proposed idea by the Federal Government, which took decision following the ongoing strike by the National Association of Residents Doctors (NARD).
According to Ugwuanyi, if the government goes on with the plan, it will further encourage the perceived healthcare challenge of dearth of doctors, where most of them have already moved out of the country.
He said that what NARD was only demanding for its rights, aimed at encouraging the doctors who were willing to continue to work for the country to stay.
According to him, at the moment, Nigeria has less than 25, 000 registered practising doctors, stressing that government must find a way to encourage doctors to stay in the country.
The NMA-FCT Chairman also called on governments at different levels to take the safety of workers seriously.
The association commiserated with the Lagos State Government over the demise of a young female doctor, Dr Vwaere Diaso, who died in a lift as a result of mechanical failure.
“As you are aware in the last one week, the media space is filled the news of a sad development, a young doctor, a house officer on duty, was trapped in a lift and she collapsed and died.
“We at the NMA we are indeed not happy with the poor working conditions, which on this occasion has resulted in the death of this young star with a very bright future.
“We are calling on the relevant authorities, government at different levels managing the different hospitals, to take safety in the working environment seriously.
“We enjoin all our members across the country, to take this message to the different levels of government,” he stressed.
Dr Peter Attah, Chairman, Committee of State Chairmen of NMA, also frowned at the proposed no work no pay, saying such an approach would not yield any good, but would rather crumble the healthcare service delivery.
Attah who is also the Chairman of Nasarawa State chapter of the NMA, called for dialogue between government and the association, in the interest of the health sector.
Dr Baoku Olusola, Chairman, NMA Kogi State, on his part, called on Lagos State Government to be alive to its responsibilities, and investigate those behind the malfunctioning of the lift that caused the death of the young female doctor.
“We are calling on the President of Nigeria, Bola Tinubu, who has come with Renewed Hope, the give that hope to the family of the deceased, that is the greatest consolation they will get for losing their loved one, and not only money,” Olusola said.
Dr Olusola further alleged sabotage in the health sector, and pleaded with the government not to pay attention to such people.
He particularly called on the lawmakers to intervene and address the challenges bedeviling the sector and save it from total collapse.
Dr Ayogu Emeka, Chairman Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of the AGM, welcomed all invited guests to the 2023 AGM.
Emeka said that the thanksgiving before the news conference on Monday, was to thank God for protection over members of NMA-FCT.