Doctors in Abia state will begin an indefinite strike from Thursday, December 8, over the non-payment of salaries by the State Government.
Dr Abali Isaiah and Dr Daniel Ekeleme, chairman and secretary of the state's chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), told newsmen that doctors working at ABSUTH and HMB are being owed between 21 to 25 months and 13 months’ salary arrears respectively.
“That the 21- day ultimatum approved by the National Executive Council (NEC) of NMA and given to ABSG on November 17, to clear the aforementioned salary arrears is currently in its 17th day.
“That ABSG is yet to show any serious commitment to the course.
“That doctors working with ABSUTH and HMB are currently undergoing an untold hardship.”
The medical officers who condemned the non-payment of doctors in ABSUTH and HMB, added that their ultimatum to Abia Government still stands and running.
They also insisted on the payment of what is owed doctors as a condition to avert the impending strike.
They further stated that failure to meet the above demands on or before December 8 would force all doctors in Federal, State, and private sectors in Abia State to proceed on total and indefinite strike.