The Taraba State chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has appealed to the state governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku, to come to their aid by paying the state’s doctors the approved COVID-19 allowances.
They believed that heeding the summons would not only enhance their morale but also assure efficient service delivery.
Dr. Nkantah Edet, the NMA’s state chairman, made the call during an interactive session with media practitioners on Wednesday in commemoration of I2021 Physicians’ Week. He also urged state governments that owe doctors salaries and allowances to begin the process of offsetting such bills.
He praised the governor for approving skipping, as well as the implementation of promotion for doctors in the state civil service, and the payment of COVID-19 allowances, which he said would go a long way in bringing smiles to doctors’ faces.
He expressed his disappointment that, despite the governor’s multiple interventions, the payment of COVID-19 allowances is still outstanding, and he asked on behalf of his colleagues for the governor to begin the payments.
In addition, he urged the governor to put in place all required mechanisms for the state contributory health insurance program, which, he claims, will minimize the burden of out-of-pocket healthcare expenses.
“I’d like to take this occasion to congratulate the governor and also to implore him to do more and expedite the necessary framework and infrastructure for the launch of the Taraba State Contributory Health Insurance Scheme,” he said.
The NMA, whose demands appear never-ending, also emphasized the need for the governor to begin internship training.
He suggests that such trainings include horsemanship at the State Specialist Hospital in Jalingo metropolitan and the start of residency training at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Jalingo.
The need for Ishaku to support the state’s tertiary health institutions in providing critical assistance in the area of postgraduate training and research, he believes, can no longer be overemphasized.
The NMA chairman, who does not want members to go on another indefinite strike, encouraged the government to honor the collective bargaining agreements agreed with the association’s leadership.