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Weeks after the ‘Shared Prosperity’ Government of Governor Hope Uzodinma launched the much-celeberated door to door health programme and the mobile clinic to help enhance health services in Imo state, more cracks have continued to spring up.
The Eastern Updates learnt that the troubles bedevilling the state health sector may not have been resolved after all with the doctors in the state threatening to embark on a warning strike over unpaid entitlements and other pressing issues.
Yesterday, representatives of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA of Nigeria, Imo State chapter accompanied by their counterparts from Dental Association on the popular radio program, ‘The Peoples Assembly’ in Hot 99.5 FM, Owerri explained to Imolites their position on the backlog of their entitlements owed them by the state government including other incentives they pointed out their counterparts in other states are enjoying considering the hazards they go through while rendering health services amidst the Coronavirus outbreak.
The NMA representatives who also took a swipe at the authorities for alleging that their actions are politically motivated explained that what they are agitating for is clearly their rights lamenting that even Imo State University Teaching Hospital, IMSUTH, Orlu lost its accreditation since 2017 and cannot admit medical students until they get accredited again when they meet the requirements calling on the state Governor, Sen Hope Uzodinma to help resolve the ugly situation as they warm up for industrial action.
In a related development, workers in the Ministry of Health, Owerri have cried out over the non-payment of their salaries since five months. The Eastern Updates gathered that over 20 workers of the Health Ministry have not been paid their salaries for about five months.
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