Sokoto and Abuja — The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) yesterday issued a 21-day ultimatum to the federal government with effect from today to tackle what it descibed as "anomalies and challenges confronting the nation's health sector" or face its wrath.
This is coming less than one week after health workers under the aegis of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) called off its strike following federal government's decision to meet thei demands.
The NMA in a communique issued yesterday at the end of its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Sokoto said government had 21 days to correct the irregularities in the Centralised Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) or stop its use until the glitches are sorted out.
In a communiqué issued after its executives met in Sokoto, NMA said irregularities in IPPIS in public hospitals has "greatly undermined the welfare of doctors many of whom have had to endure over three months."
Among its resolutions, it criticised delays in inaugurating a governing board for the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria despite several appeals.
It said without a board, the council could not preside over cases of negligence and unethical conduct brought before it.
The MDCN has not had a board for at least four years in the last 10 years since its board was dissolved in 2010, said NMA president, Dr Osahon Enabulele.
JOHESU had demanded among others the non-skipping of salary grade level CONHESS 10; the National Health Bill; consultancy and specialist allowances and call/shift duty and other professional allowances. The medical doctors did not join the strike.
On the on-going controversy over the health and fitness status of governor of Taraba State, Danbaba Danfulani Suntai would have been solved without much hassle if the office of the Surgeon-General existed in Nigeria's statute books, the NMA said.