The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Imo State chapter, has resumed its suspended strike to press home its 24-point demand.
A statement signed by the chapter chairman, Dr. Obioha Emeka, and Secretary, Dr. Okhuele Igbe M.O, made available to the Sunday independent, explained that the strike involves total withdrawal of services by doctors working in all government-owned hospitals in the state.
The statement reads: “This has become a painful, but necessary step by the NMA in order to save the soul of the medical profession, since not meeting the points would finally lead to anarchy, further inefficiency with consequent adverse effects on the health of Nigerians”.
The statement listed the minimum requirements for the strike to be called off as contained in a letter to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, to include: the appointment of four Deputy Chairmen of Medical Advisory Committee (DCMAC) for the Federal Medical Centres to assist the Chairmen of Medical Advisory Committees, whose statutory responsibility are too heavy for any single individual to handle, non appointment of directors in the hospitals, which distorts them of commands in the hospital, induces anarchy and exposes the patients to conflicting treatment and management directives with attendant negative consequences.
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