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Doctors demand immediate payment of salary arrears

The South East Caucus of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has decried over the level of deplorable condition of state-owned hospitals in the southeastern region and its degenerative effect on healthcare delivery.

The Leader of the caucus, Dr Chikezie Obasi made this known while interacting with newsmen at the Abia State University Teaching Hospital, Aba.

He said the decline in the quality of healthcare services been rendered by state-owned university teaching hospitals and the poor welfare of healthcare workers in the hospitals were of source of concern that needed to be addressed.

According to Dr Obasi, the current situation had led to the continued resignation of many doctors and healthcare workers in the state-owned hospitals, as well as jeopardising the vital trainings of undergraduate and postgraduate doctors in the affected hospitals.

He maintained that adequate infrastructure, staff strength and prompt payment of salaries of health workers were some of the vital issues towards ensuring that health institutions function efficiently.

The leader of the caucus appealed to the Abia state government to effect immediate payment of the outstanding 13 months’ salary arrears owed to staff of the state teaching hospital in Aba.

Dr. Obasi further called on the Nigerian Governors’ Forum to initiate and implement programmes that would boost the provision of good healthcare services in all the states of the federation.

Lawrence Nwokedi

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