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Doctors at govt hospitals to begin two weeks strike in Kano

The Kano chapter of the National Association of Government General Medical and Dental Practitioners (NAGGMDP) has announced plans to embark on a two-week warning strike to protest several issues plaguing the state’s healthcare system.

In a communiqué signed by its chairperson, Dr Aminu Kabir Muhammad, on Wednesday, the association stated that the industrial action would commence across the state from 12:00 am on June 17, 2024.

SolaceBase reports that the communiqué outlines the doctors’ frustrations with unpaid salaries, poor working conditions, and lack of security.

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According to the communiqué, the Kano State government owes 61 medical officers two months’ pay. Additionally, doctors are grappling with inadequate equipment and infrastructure in hospitals, hindering their ability to deliver quality care.

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‘’Workplace violence is another major concern for the NAGGMDP. The communiqué reports attacks on medical professionals by both the public and government security personnel.’’

The communiqué read in part, ‘’The Congress noted that Kano state government is still owing 61 Medical officers two months’ salary i.e October and November 2023. The Congress observed with dismay the lack of a serene working environment and faulty and or inadequate machinery to observe our constitutional responsibilities and to enhance our academic performance in the state hospitals.

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”Congress observed the appalling workplace violence and attacks both from the public and government security personnel. The Congress observed that the Kano State government is yet to adopt and implement the revised hazard allowance, revised MRTF (medical residency training funds), revised CONMESS and Accoutrement allowance despite the fact that the Federal and other state governments have since started the implementation. The Congress observed with great concern non-payment of annual increments for the last six years. The Congress noted the consistent delay in the implementation of promotion and contract addition without arrears.

”The Congress observed with concern the defamatory press releases from Hospital Management Board Kano State against medical professionals and the profession at large.’’

”The association further highlights that the Kano State government has not implemented national guidelines for hazard allowances, medical residency training funds, and other benefits enjoyed by doctors in other parts of the country, these issues have prompted the NAGGMDP to take action,’’ the communiqué said.

According to the statement, ‘’Congress called on the State Government, Commissioner of Police, Director of State Service Security and other security agencies to ensure the apprehension of the security officials that embarrassed our members at Hasiya Bayero Paediatric Hospital.

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‘’Congress called on Kano State Government to critically look at the dilapidating situation of healthcare services in Kano State and come up with resounding solutions.

Congress directed her state officers to serve the Kano State government with an ultimatum before embarking on warning industrial action.’’

The association says it has made numerous attempts to address these problems with the government but has seen no progress. As a result, NAGGMDP members have voted to embark on a two-week warning strike starting June 17th if their demands are not met.

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The strike threat comes at a time when Kano residents are already facing challenges accessing quality healthcare.

NAGGMDP hopes that a work stoppage will force the government to take action and improve the working conditions for doctors in the state.

 

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