The FCT Chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA-FCT), has urged the Federal Government to reconsider its plans of “No work no pay” on medical workers, saying the act will further destroy the sector.
The call by the association was made in collaboration with the Nasarawa and Kogi states chapters, at a news conference on Sunday in Abuja, to usher in the 2023 Annual General Meeting (AGM), and Scientific conference of the NMA-FCT.
Dr Charles Ugwuanyi, the Chairman of NMA-FCT, condemned the proposed idea by the Federal Government, which took decision following the ongoing strike by the National Association of Residents Doctors (NARD).
According to Ugwuanyi, if the government goes on with the plan, it will further encourage the perceived healthcare challenge of dearth of doctors, where most of them have already moved out of the country.
He said that what NARD was only demanding for its rights, aimed at encouraging the doctors who were willing to continue to work for the country to stay.
According to him, at the moment, Nigeria has less than 25, 000 registered practising doctors, stressing that the government must find a way to encourage doctors to stay in the country.
The NMA-FCT Chairman also called on governments at different levels to take the safety of workers seriously.
The association commiserated with the Lagos State Government over the demise of a young female doctor, Dr Vwaere Diaso, who died in a lift as a result of mechanical failure.
“The reason why most of us are dressed in black is not far fetched, we are in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the NMA Lagos State Branch.
“As you are aware in the last one week, the media space is filled the news of a sad development, a young doctor, a house officer on duty, was trapped in a lift and she collapsed and died.
“We are all in mourning, while we pray for the repose of her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, we want to send a message out there.
“We at the NMA we are indeed not happy with the poor working conditions, which on this occasion has resulted in the death of this young star with a very bright future.
“We are calling on the relevant authorities, government at different levels managing the different hospitals, to take safety in the working environment seriously.
“We enjoin all our members across the country, to take this message to the different levels of government,” he stressed.
Dr Peter Attah, Chairman, Committee of State Chairmen of NMA, also frowned at the proposed no work no pay, saying such an approach would not yield any fruit, but would rather crumble the healthcare service delivery.
Attah, who is also the Chairman of Nasarawa State chapter of the NMA, called for dialogue between government and the association, in the interest of the health sector.
“We are disappointed by the approach and the direction the FG is actually taking on the matter, NARD’s demands are germane, we urge the government to reconsider its decision and and dialogue.
“The 36 states Chairmen and FCT are fully giving our backing and support to the NARD struggle, and we will continue to remain with them because they are our members, and we will not allow any of our members to be victimised,” he said.