- Doctors in Gombe have embarked on indefinite strike
- The strike was over unfavourable working conditions
- Meanwhile, Gombe state government was accused of refusing to promote the medical doctors
Despite the worldwide coronavirus issues, medical doctors in Gombe state have embarked on an indefinite strike.
The action was taken by the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) over what it described as unfavourable working conditions.
This was disclosed by Dr Saidu Alhassan, president of the association, on Monday, March 16.
He said that the doctors proceeded on strike after 11 weeks of inconclusive negotiations with the state government, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
He also alleged that the government has refused to upgrade House Officers currently on internship.
Going further, Alhassan lamented that more than 30 doctors and two consultants had left the services of the state government in the last six months.
Also, he accused the Gombe state government of refusing to promote the association's members. He said that despite being medical doctors, the affected people are still being paid house officers salary.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that doctors and health workers in Abuja may call off the recent industrial action they embarked on following a meeting the House of Representatives held with representatives of the striking health workers and the management of the Federal capital territory (FCT).
At the meeting on Tuesday, March 17, the speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, pleaded with the health workers to consider the effect it would have on the larger society, especially at this period of global health challenges.
The representatives of the striking health workers told the legislators that their grievances bordered on the failure of the FCT management to pay arrears of some allowances due to some of their members, non-payment of salary to some members employed since October 2019, irregular and incomplete salary payment of members since the management of FCT migrated to the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) in January 2020 as well as promotion arrears issues.
Gbajabiamila told the health workers to permit the intervention of the House to prevail. He said the effects of the strike would have a serious impact not only for FCT residents but for the country as a whole.
The speaker said the House would not sit back and allow people to be denied their entitlement.
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After the meeting, the FCT management agreed to ensure that all salary payment issues with the IPPIS are resolved and the health workers would be captured by the end of April 2020.
In response, the representatives of the health workers said they would strive to convince their members to call off the strike.
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