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Doctors poorly paid, working under pressure – NMA

From Teryima Ajijah, Jos

Members of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) have decried poor emoluments of their colleagues, who they said are working under pressure without basic equipments, and are threatened by insecurity.

This was contained in a statement issued by the National President of the NMA, Dr Uche Ojinmah, and read in Jos, Plateau state, by the state Chairman, Dr Bipiga’an Audu, as part of activities marking this year’s physician week.

“Let me inform you all that the Nigeria doctor is poorly paid, over worked, lacks necessary work tools and has become a target for kidnap,” the statement read.

Dr Bipiga’an, in an interview with journalists, shortly after reading the statement; noted sadly that doctors in Plateau State are worst hit with the unhealthy development.

According to Plateau NMA, in the face of the poor enumeration, doctors in the state are currently owed three months salaries.

“We in Plateau State, doctors are paid only 80 percent. Government is currently owing us three months salaries, this is apart from the January, February and March shortfall that is yet to be paid to our colleagues,” he stated.

The Plateau NMA chairman revealed further, that some specialist hospitals are not of standard, due to lack of basic medical facilities. “Some hospitals do not have diagnoses capacity, which are needed, as a result, doctors suffer when such cases arise, some do cater for their patients from their hard earn money,” he noted.

Again, Dr Bipiga’an explained that several medical personnel in the state have been victims of kidnap in the recent past, due to increasing insecurity. He urged concerned authorities to adequately protect citizens.

Speaking further on deplorable condition of medical facilities in Nigeria, Dr Bipiga’an noted that state governments are not complementing efforts of the federal government in providing medical facilities.

The NMA statement revealed sadly that over 10,296 doctors who obtained their education in  Nigeria are currently practicing in the United Kingdom due to poor emoluments and other basic needs of the medical profession.

It said “statistics showed that between January 1, 2023 and September 30, 2022, about 1,307 doctors trained in Nigeria were licensed in the United Kingdom as Nigeria continues to battle one of the worst situations of brain drain.”

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