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NMA Decries Shortfall In Doctors’ Salaries In Kaduna

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The Nigeria Medical Association(NMA), has decried the shortfall in the salaries of doctors in Kaduna state and called on governor Nasir el-Rufai to correct the perpetual shortfall to address the internal brain drain to federal institutions.

Addressing a press conference yesterday ahead of the state chapter of the association’s health week themed: “Road map to universal health coverage: the journey so far”, the state chairman and secretary of NMA, Dr. Shehu Abdulrahman and Dr. Tuko Moses respectively said doctors in the state are paid lower than their federal counterparts, a situation he said has continuously favored internal brain drain to federal institutions as well as neighboring states.

“Recently, there was Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the state government where it pledged to correct the salary anomaly by January 2018 but seven months into the year, the situation is still the same”.

He appealed to the state government to fulfill its part of the agreements reached in the MoU.

According to him, some of the activities slated for the health week include free medical screening and treatment on diabetes and hypertension for corp marshals of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).

The free health service for the corps he stressed was part of efforts to encourage them to continue their humanitaeian services to people, particularly accident victims and also to foster collaboration.

The theme of the scientific conference, he said was carefully selected to illustrate the national situation and narrow it down to Kaduna state following the passage and signing into law of the State Health Insurance Act.

“Kaduna state is home to over 2,000 licensed practicing physicians who work both in the public and private sectors. Out of this, only about 12 percent are in the employment of the state government; hence all efforts at attaining universal health coverage must be put into consideration. There must be readiness to collaborate with the private sector which has the largest group of physicians in the state,” he stressed.

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