Medical doctors in Ogun State Public Hospitals are warming up for a strike, over the failure of the state government to open fresh talks with the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) on outstanding issues.
Rockcity FM gathered that the doctors were set to stop work on Tuesday, last week, but shelved it, following the ongoing strike by civil servants.
NMA’S former national secretary, Doctor Adewunmi Alayaki, said the state government has failed to convene a meeting with the doctors, since they suspended their strike last September.
Alayaki who is the state former NMA Chairman, spoke on the issue on the side-line of the 2016 physicians’ week organized by the ogun state chapter of the association, in Abeokuta.
He asked the state government to quickly enter into talks with the medical doctors to stop the proposed strike from taking place.
Meanwhile, Nigerian medical association (NMA) has expressed concern over the current poor coverage of the Nigerian population by the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in the country.
The Ogun State chairman of the association, Doctor Abayomi Olajide, in his welcome speech at the opening ceremony of the 2016 physicians’ week, in Abeokuta, said the scheme was still at an infant stage after several years of pilot testing considering its 30 per cent coverage of the population.
Olajide said the scheme still focusses Largely on the formal sector, leaving the informal sector inefficiently covered after more than a decade of its existence.
A guest lecturer, Doctor Wole Kukoyi, who spoke on ‘Healthcare in a failed economy’, advised the doctors to shift paradigm of planning or prosecuting strikes, unless absolutely needed.
Kukoyi also warned doctors to stop pointless dispute with other health workers.