From: Uche Nnorom, Makurdi
Benue State Chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association, NMA has outrightly denied claims that it intends to embark on strike to press for the payment of allowances for its members.
State Chairman of the Association Dr. Joseph Ngbea who made the denial in a telephone conversation with newsmen yesterday, said though they are owed three (3) hazard allowances by the State government, members started receiving alerts of payment of one month this week.
Dr. Ngbea urged doctors to be patient with government, reminding them that they have taken an oath to save life first.
NMA has not issued any strike threat. We are working very cordially with the State government. We have taken an oath and responsibility to save our patients. Government alone cannot do everything. At least they have started paying which shows goodwill. We ought to appreciate government, dialogue and encourage it to do more. I Am sure that in no distance to time, they will make all payments”, he said confidently.
On measures taken by the Association to prevent its members from been infected with the disease, he intimated that they have purchased more than 50 Personal Protective Equipment, PPE, 50 boots and 10 body bags.
He added that the association has sensitized its members on the need for them to adequately protect themselves when attending to patients especially those they are not sure of their status.