Osun Health Crisis: NMA Reacts,Calls For Intervention
Following the sacking of doctors who have been on strike since September 28th 2015 by the Osun State Government ,the Nigerian Medical Association has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in the ongoing crisis.
The NMA made the call today, in a statement Signed by NMA Secretary General Dr. Adewunmi Alayaki
Below is the statement:
1. The Secretariat of the Nigerian Medical Association in Abuja has been inundated with the reports of infant and maternal morbidity and mortality occurring daily as a result of the complete collapse of healthcare in certain sections of Osun State.
This is consequential upon the withdrawal of services by Doctors who have not been paid full salaries for six months.
2. Health is seen as one of the cardinal points used by political parties to canvass for votes during campaigns hence, it should not be neglected by any government.
3. Health workers should be remunerated and motivated adequately and promptly because they deal with lives, the attendant effect of not doing so by any government could be disastrous.
4. Osun State Government used the first case to canvass votes for itself but has failed in the second which has resulted in not keeping the promise made to the good people of Osun State during the campaign period.
5. The Nigerian Medical Association, as the custodian of people’s health in this country wish to appeal to Mr. President – General Muhammadu Buhari, and all the leaders of the ruling party to help prevail on Ogbeni Aregbesola to pay doctors their rightful and legitimate claims – full salary for six months, skipping and relativity in accordance with established principles of Universal Applicability.
This is the only way to achieve Sustainable Development Goals and Universal Health Coverage in Osun State.