Gov Obiano of Anambra state
Anambra State government has described as a disservice to the people of the state, the Monday morning strike embarked upon by Resident Doctors at Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Teaching Hospital, Amaku, in Awka, to press for an increase in salary.
According to the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C Don Adinuba, in a statement, the strike is uncalled for.
He said that Governor Willie Obiano did promise a review of their salary to make it more competitive and appealed to the doctors to exercise patience for its implementation
He said: “However, in view of the ongoing national effort at salary review across the board, the Anambra State Government explained to the Resident Doctors that it would be untidy to review their salary alone last month, only to do another review for them once the salary review of other public servants is concluded. This situation was well conveyed to the doctors through the Honourable Commissioner for Health, Dr Joe Akabuike.
“More than any other group of Ndi Anambra, the Resident Doctors at the state Teaching Hospital should exhibit great understanding of what the present administration’s commitment to the growth of the hospital and its workforce.
“For instance, the teaching hospital could not be accredited by the Medical and Dental Registration Council of Nigeria, thus making the undergraduate medical students stay in school for a whole eight years without obtaining the basic medical degree and without any hope of obtaining the licence.
He said Chief Willie Obiano upon being elected governor changed all that sad story by going out of his way to provide sufficient funds to the teaching hospital to procure all necessary equipment and regents and hire more qualified staff as well as motivate the staff members and consultants in a special way.
“The teaching hospital was quickly accredited by the Medical and Dental Registration Council of Nigeria, and it produced its first set of medical doctors. Gov Obiano gave automatic employment to all the new doctors.
“He provided greater funds, which were so judiciously utilized that the same hospital, which could not graduate young doctors just a few years ago, was approved for training of medical consultants. Some of the graduates of the medical school are today Resident Doctors in the teaching hospital, and they are unbelievably among the striking doctors!
He appealed to the doctors to conduct themselves lawfully and allow the government to resolve the matter as it had promised to do, particularly in the face of the new minimum wage as it affects all workers.