The Edo State chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has started a five-day warning strike over poor working conditions, insufficient personnel, among other things.
Addressing journalists after an emergency meeting in Benin yesterday, the state NMA chairman, Dr Emmanuel Osaigbovo, said doctors in federal and local government institutions working in the state would be part of the warning strike to press home their demands.
“For more than a year, we have been talking to Edo state government. Edo Doctors are marginalised in terms of welfare. We have given several ultimatums but shelved them due to intervention by well-meaning Edo people. We are forced to embark on warning strike,” he said, adding that state-owned institutions were in decay and that the state had only 200 doctors in its payroll.
He lamented that the state government recently donated x-ray machines to a federal health institution even as it had none in any of its hospitals.
Responding, the state commissioner for health, Dr David Osifo expressed regret over the strike, saying the NMA had been part of the committees to get solutions for the health sector.
“The governor set up a committee to look into their demands and we have been working together,” he said.