Mass Death Looms in Kogi As Doctors Shut Down Public,  Private Hospitals

From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja


Following the inability of the Kogi state government  to meet the demands of Medical Doctors under its service, mass deaths is  imminent across the state as the members of the Nigeria Medical Association has  threaten to shut down both public and private hospitals in the state to press home their demands  for better conditions of service.

This was the resolution reached at the end of ordinary general meeting of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Kogi  state branch held in lokoja  last Thursday.

The  NMA noted that it has given enough room for the  state government  by offering skeletal services at both the Federal Medical Center (FMC) and the State Hospitals without government heeding to their plight.

Dr. Tijani  Godwin, Chairman  NMA, stated that the government’s reneging on the payment of 40% arrears from August to December 2017 , payment of full salary for January and February 2018 and the  non implementation of the reverse CONMESS  has made it imperative for the Union to  adopt a new strategy for the   strike.

He  however, ordered all health care centres across the state to remain shut, adding that their counterparts at the FMC should  also proceed on sympathy strike on first three days of every  month until their minimum demands are met by the government.

According to him  “all private health facilities operating in the state will be subsequently shut down if there is no cogent response from the government advising the general public to hold the government responsible for ugly situation that will arise from the actions of the Doctors.”

While asking the general public to bear the inconvenience with them commended the senior medical practitioners for their cooperation and understanding ,even as they extended their appreciation to all those who are working hard to resolve the impasse.