NMA bars Doctors from handling Kogi appointees on medical issues

At a news conference organized by the association in Lokoja, the state capital, the state Chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Dr. Magnus Ogaraku has directed its members to stop treating and administering medications on Commissioners, Special Advisers and other categories of political appointees in Kogi State until further notice. According to the association, the ban also covered the family members and aides of the political appointees.
Ogaraku, who spoke shortly after an emergency meeting of the Executive Steering Committee of the association, also directed doctors in public and private hospitals in the state to immediately comply with the decision. Meanwhile, the Chairman, who was assisted by the state Secretary of the NMA, Dr. Zubair Kabiru, has directed members working in all state-owned hospitals to commence an indefinite strike immediately, while their counterparts in the Federal Medical Centre will embark on a one-week sympathy strike beginning from January 30.
He has said that their action was necessitated by the mass sack of doctors on the payroll of the state government and refusal to pay their salary and allowances as at when due.
He said that the leadership of the NMA met to review developments and the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed with the government on the issues and discovered that the government has failed to keep its promise.

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