The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Benue State has insisted that doctors would not return to work until the state government and Management of Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Makurdi meets all their demands.
Daily Trust reports that the NMA had directed all of its members to embark on indefinite strike since October 11 following what they described as government’s inability to meet doctors demand.
State Chairman of NMA, Dr. Obekpa Obekpa, on Friday told newsmen in Makurdi that the Benue state government and management of FMC in Makurdi was yet to contact them or commence any negotiation.
“Since the beginning of the indefinite strike, the Benue state government and Management of FMC in Makurdi have not invited us for any negotiation; this strike has clearly shown the insensitivity of the stakeholders to the plight of the masses.
“This strike has revealed lack of transparency from the stakeholders, it also revealed leadership gap, so since our demands are genuine for the effective healthcare service delivery in the state, doctors will not go back to work unless the demands are met,” he said.
Obekpa therefore added that politicising healthcare, bringing ethnicity issues, intimidation of doctors and other diversionary tactics won’t work unless the management of FMC honour the agreement recently reached by the Federal Government with National Association of Resident Doctors on skipping, entering point for houses officers and stagnation.
Meanwhile, the Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN) in FMC, Makurdi has distance itself from the NMA strike in the state following the declaration by its chairman, Dr Isaac Nombur, that right from day one they were not part and parcel of the present strike.