Medical doctors in Nasarawa State have embarked on an indefinite strike action over salaries. The association had issued a one-week strike notice to the state government on May 26.Dr Friday Omolei, Chairman of the state chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and Secretary, Dr Peter Attah said at a news briefing on Friday in Lafia that the strike was due to alleged government failure to correct their salaries in tandem with the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS).
“From January 2016 till date, there has been mass exodus of doctors from the employment of Nasarawa state government due to poor remuneration and high tax regime.
“So far, 43 doctors have left since January this year while 17 others have applied to disengage from the state government employment,” he said.
Other issues that prompted the strike include non promotion of some doctors for upward of 14 years, and their demand for allocation of 15 percent of the state budget to the health sector.
Omolei also said the association took the decision, as the government had failed to respond to the doctors demand since 2014.
He further said that the association was open to dialogue, but would not return to work until its demands are met.