The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) announced that it will begin an indefinite strike in the state on December 8 over the Abia State Government’s failure to pay employees’ salaries.
After meeting on Wednesday in Aba, the state’s commercial hub, the NMA’s Chairman, Dr. Abali Isaiah, and Secretary, Dr. Daniel Ekeleme, released a statement lamenting the fact that their coworkers at the Abia State University Teaching Hospital (ABSUTH) and the Health Management Board (HMB) are each owed between 21 and 25 months and 13 months’ worth of salary arrears, respectively.
The NMA accused the state administration of not displaying any true commitment to the course, noting that doctors are going through unimaginable suffering.
“Failure to meet the above-mentioned demands on or before 8th of December 2022 would force ALL Doctors in Federal, State, and private sectors in Abia State to proceed on total and indefinite strike,” the communique read.
“The ABSG should be held responsible for any medical mishap that may occur during the period of industrial disharmony.
“The 21 days Ultimatum given to ABSG to clear the aforementioned salary arrears is currently in its 17th day.”