NMA notifies of 3-day warning strike in Imo

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OWERRI – The State chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has threatened to start a three-day warning strike from Monday if its demands are met by the government.

The of the association, Dr Emeka Obioha, who made the threat in Owerri on , said it was the fall out of the association’s meeting on May 29 where the agreed to fight for their in both the state and federal services.

Obioha lamented the ’s continued refusal to address NMA’s demands to enhance healthcare delivery to the people.

He said of the reasons for the strike was the 10 ’ salary arrears owed doctors at the General Specialist Hospital, Umuguma by the .

He also said the posting of doctors to various parts of the state without the necessary allowances to enable them to settle down for business was another of the reasons.

The said the non-resolution of the differences between resident doctors at the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri and the hospital management which had led to a -month-old strike was also an issue.

He appealed to both the management of the hospital and the Federal Ministry of to urgent steps to avert the impending strike.

Obioha said the strike was inevitable if their request was granted before the ultimatum as the association held series of meetings with the without yielding any positive results.

“We are constrained to adopt the option of strike because the and the State Government have failed to address our legitimate demands which are in the best interest of the sector,’’ he explained.

The News Agency of (NAN) recalls the resident doctors on June 3 vowed to continue their strike even when their body called off its three-day nationwide warning strike.

The president of the association, Dr Thyword Agu, had told NAN in Owerri his would end the strike until their demands were attended to by the management of the hospital. (NAN)