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Resident doctors extend strike ultimatum by 2 weeks for FG

The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has extended its strike ultimatum by two weeks to let the Federal and State governments to address the issues of welfare of their members across the country.

The extension is contained in a communiqué at the end of the association’s 41st Ordinary General Meeting (OGM) which held in Nnewi/Awka, Anambra, between May 25 and May 29.

The communiqué was release by Dr Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, National President of NARD, in the company of other members of the executive.

It said that the association would resume a total strike action if its demands remained unattended to at the end of the period.

It said that the strike was suspended following government’s promises as entailed in the Memorandum of Actions, signed at the instance of Minister of Labour, Dr Chris Ngige, on April 9.

It said that the delays in payment of members on the GIFMIS platform for over four months had caused hardships for NARD members and urged the Federal Government to expedite action toward migrating members to IPPIS.

NARD also expressed concerns about the conditions of their members in Abia and Imo who were currently owed salary arreas of 21 and seven months, respectively.

“While the OGM notes the willingness of government to migrate members from the GIFMIS to the IPPIS platform, we decry the lackluster behaviour exhibited by heads of government parastatal agencies to achieving this.

“Our members are still in agony because of these delays and some House Officers are still being owed up to two months salaries.

“The OGM notes with dismay, the stale attitude of the Governors of Abia and Imo states and their appointees toward addressing the issues of payment of salaries for 21 months and seven months respectively.”

NARD said that the national minimum wage consequential adjustment and salary shortfalls had not been paid and directed Chief Medical Directors to submit lists of affected institutions and personnel strength.

The OGM frowned at the delay by Federal Government in sorting out the irregularities, following the payment of the Medical Residency Training Fund (MRTF) 2020.

“We note that teaching hospitals are grossly understaffed, and this is necessitated by the ongoing deadly brain drain killing the nation’s health care system.

“After extensive deliberations on all the issues affecting the welfare of our members and insincerity of government in fulfilling their promises, the OGM unanimously resolved that our ultimatum be extended by two weeks.

“This will further give the Federal Government more time to resolve all issues, failure of which the association shall resume the suspended total and indefinite strike action, after critical appraisal in an emergency meeting.

“We are unequivocal in assuring members of the public that the NARD is committed to the smooth running of the health sector.

“However, we can only do so when our welfare is given the desired attention,” it added.


Doctors remove a poisonous spider from a woman’s ear

A Missouri woman narrowly escaped serious injury after a venomous spider crawled into her ear while she was sleeping. Susie Torres of Kansas City first noticed something was wrong on Tuesday morning when she felt some discomfort in her ear.

“I woke up Tuesday hearing a bunch of swooshing and water in my left ear. It was like when you went swimming and you have all of that water in your ear,” Torres told local station WDAF-TV.

Torres went to her doctor to find out what was wrong and was looked at by a medical assistant, who discovered something strange.

“She ran out and said I’m going to get a couple more people. She then said, ‘I think you have an insect in there,’” she told local station KSHB-TV.

 What happened next shocked Torres. “She came back in and told me it was a spider,” Torres said, admitting she is particularly terrified of those creatures. Doctors worked their magic and removed the creepy-crawly creature, which was a brown recluse spider, a species with a bite that can cause stinging pain and severe lesions that require medical attention, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Luckily, the spider didn’t bite Torres.

Still, she isn’t taking any more chances. “I went and put some cotton balls in my ears last night. I`m shaking off my clothes, and I don’t put my purse on the floor.

I’m a little more cautious,” she told WDAF-TV. It is still unknown how and when the spider entered Torres’ ear. Culled from (huffpost)

Cross River kicks as doctors protest colleague’s kidnap

The Deputy Governor of Cross River State, Prof. Ivara Esu, on Thursday decried the strike and protest by medical doctors in Calabar.

The doctors went on strike last Friday following the kidnap of Dr Marcus Inyama, a consultant haematologist at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital on July 18, 2019.

Esu, who addressed the placard-carrying doctors, said, “The truth is that the government is more concerned than yourselves. Today, it is the medical doctors, tomorrow it may be a very top politician. It may be another person; everybody is equally important.

“Let it not look like the government has not done much for a particular group. I did tell you how important we consider your profession, because you can determine life and death by your presence or action.

“So, to me, nobody knew this kind of thing could happen. However, it has happened. We promptly went into action. We are monitoring the movement of your colleague from minute to minute. Where he is, who is there and so on.

“I want to assure you that these pronouncements and demonstration won’t help us. It has not helped us for you to withdraw your services from the various hospitals because unfortunately, there are more important persons than those kidnappers.

“People may die and some persons may have died for not being attended to and these kidnappers, once they know that you are making this kind of pronouncement, initially they might not have known that this is a high profile person they are having.”

Esu, who addressed the placard-carrying doctors, told them at the gate to the Governor’s Office that the strike could make the kidnappers demand for higher ransom if they discovered that a high profile victim was in their custody.

He added, “The normal demand they use to make is N3m, N5m. Before you know it, it is now N50m and just like you have this policy of not paying ransom, we also have it, but we have our own way, which I cannot disclose.

“We trying what we can to get him rescued. I am saying that perhaps we should back off a bit in terms of your actions.”

In his remarks, the state branch Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association, Dr Agam Ayuk, who spoke before the deputy governor’s response, said, “We are here with great sadness. Specifically, on July 18, Dr Marcus Inyama, a consultant haematologist with the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, was kidnapped just at the entrance to his house at Akpabuyo.

“Since then, the kidnappers have been demanding very outrageous amounts. For us as an association, we don’t pay ransom and we don’t contribute for ransom payment.

“We are here with a very specific request. For the past four years, we have had at least 14 kidnapping of doctors, their dependants, wives or family members. Two months ago, one of our doctors was kidnapped at Ogoja.

“We are also aware that there have been several kidnappings in the state. Just two days ago, a banker was kidnapped. A former honourable was kidnapped at the Effio-Ette junction. We have come to say that we need more from the government. We need, first of all, the safe and unconditional release of Dr Marcus Inyama.

“Secondly, we need more security in Cross River State. The economy and business in Cross River State are not growing because of insecurity. We cannot go to work; we work both day and night. We are helpless; we cannot leave the house, but we believe that the government has what it takes to solve this.”

Earlier, the doctors had stormed the state House of Assembly, where the Speaker, Eteng Williams, addressed them and assured them that the matter would be treated as a matter of urgent public importance.

Williams promised to look into the anti-kidnapping bill of the state with a view to passing it into law if it had not been passed already.



Striking Anambra resident doctors reject Obiano’s N120,000 wage increase

The striking resident doctors of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital (COOUTH), Awka Anambra State, on Wednesday, rejected N120,000 wage increment offered by the state Governor, Willie Obiano.

The Association of Resident Doctors of COOUTH had embarked on an indefinite strike, following the failure of the State Government to honour the agreement it signed with the association on 17th January, 2019, during their warning strike.

The doctors insisted on continuing on the indefinite strike which kicked off on May 13, 2019.

They wondered why doctors in the hospital should suffer continued neglect, saying that full payment of their salary should be paid and back dated from April 2019, as agreed to by government representatives.

Conveying the governor’s message to the visibly upset doctors during their Congress meeting on Awka, the President of the association, Dr. Obinna Aniagboso said the governor had offered to pay them N12,000 minimum wage.

He said: “The governor said the wage would amount to N12,000 increment to all Anambra State Civil Servants as soon as the national guidelines were released.”
Aniagboso explained that the governor while regretting the poor monthly salaries the doctors receive said it was due to low Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).
According to him, the governor promised to look into the issue of resident doctors’ salaries next year when the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) might have increased.

The doctors however expressed shock and disappointment at the minimum wage offer saying, “We will no longer continue to receive 40% of our salary. We’ve been languishing in penury with no progress in our residency training.

“With many of us leaving in droves, the hospital will continue to remain stagnant if nothing is done urgently to remedy the situation.
“We are continuing with the strike action pending the implementation of 100% of CONMESS as obtained elsewhere. Let government approve and grant In-service training for all qualified medical officers.”

They doctors further condemned the “devious tactics and insincerity of the hospital management”, insisting on no services until demands were met.
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