Imo govt, doctors meet, agree to end strike

OWERRI – The and the leadership of the (NMA) on Tuesday had a fruitful deliberation over the issues facing the sector in the State for which the doctors decided to embark on .

Secretary to the ,  Chief Cosmas Iwu, who represented the Governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma, said the discussion was not only fruitful but that the appreciated the giant strides being made by Governor Uzodimma’s  Shared Prosperity Government in the sector in .

The SSG informed that the assured the doctors that their welfare will continue to be of priority and that Governor Uzodimma will not shy away from taking care of their welfare.

Iwu said that the NMA leadership on its  part promised to look into the issues that led to the by doctors in the state, and that the body also assured that it will do its best to advise members to go back to work while hoping that other issues discussed will be taken care of as soon as soon as possible.

The Secretary to the who met with the leadership of NMA in company of the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Nnamdi Anyaehie and the Commissioner for , Dr. (Mrs.) Damaris Osunkwo, pointed out that Government is poised to continue with the infrastructural development in the State’s sector “because it is one of the cardinal programmes of this administration having done a lot in both the Primary , the Secondary Health and the Teaching Hospital sectors.”

He reassured Imo people and the doctors that “soon Government will address all the lingering issues that will help medical doctors to perform their duties optimally.”

Earlier while addressing the media, the chairman of , Dr. Chidiebere Okwara corroborated what Iwu said that they had a good conversation with the Government and that they “got strong reassurances that the lingering issues will be dealt with soonest.”

Among the issues Dr. Okwara recalled include: COMESS 2014 implementation; bottlenecks over payment of salaries of Consultants in the Teaching Hospital since March, 2020 due to administrative problems; Non Remittance of Check- off dues to the Association; Accreditation of Teaching Hospital  and Accreditation of Residency Training of staff of Teaching Hospital among others.

Dr. Okwara informed that because of the challenges of the day occasioned by the second wave of the corona virus,  they have decided to “give Government enough time to address the issues item by item.”

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