The NMA says it will embark on a strike if the Edo government refuses to address the decaying health infrastructure.
The Edo State chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, has issued a 21- day ultimatum to the state government to address the infrastructure decay, environment, and poor condition of service in its Hospital Management Board.
The Chairman of the NMA in Edo, Emmanuel Ighodaro, announced the ultimatum at a press conference in Benin on Tuesday.
Mr. Ighodaro said that doctors in the state would embark on a strike if the government failed to heed the call.
The ultimatum and strike notification by the doctors is coming barely 48 hours after the national leadership of the NMA suspended its planned nationwide strike.
Mr. Ighodaro said many factors were working against qualitative health care delivery in the state, noting that the situation was frustrating the efforts of doctors in providing quality services to citizens.
The doctor, who decried the poor conditions in health facilities, said that only 150 doctors were attending to patients in overcrowded public hospitals in the state, which lacked basic facilities.
“We have made several presentations and representations to the state government at different fora on the decay of health infrastructure, work environment and poor condition of service.
“But the government has not shown any convincing commitment at addressing the myriad of problems confronting the health sector in the state,” he said.
Mr. Ighodaro accused the government of displaying “high level insensitivity to the health burden and sufferings of Edo people due to the poor state of health facilities in the state”.
He said that medical services at the Central Hospital, the Stella Obasanjo Women and Children Hospital and other major state-owned public health facilities had dwindled.
He also deplored what he described as “multiple taxation’’ of private health facilities in the state.
The NMA chairman said the policy had resulted in incessant harassment of owners of the facilities by “legal and illegal agents’’ of the government.