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Doctors in Anambra give Gov Obiano 21 days to fix health challenges

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Resident Doctors in Anambra State have given the state governor, Willie Obiano up till 21 days to address the various challenges confronting the health system in the state, or they embark on strike.

The doctors also accused the governor of neglecting the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Teaching Hospital, Amaku, Awka, the state capital.

In a communique signed by the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) President, Dr Obinna Aniagboso, and the Secretary, Dr Chidiebele Egolum respectively, the medical professionals said the government failed to implement the 2018 budgetary allocation for the teaching hospital.

They therefore demanded that the government provides proper funds for the institution, among other issues.

The communique reads, “The COOUTH doctors are the lowest paid in Nigeria and the entire West African region earning less than 40 per cent of the recommended CONMESS salary structure.

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“That in spite of the laudable efforts of the Chief Medical Director to increase productivity and excellence, there remains widespread disenchantment and low morale amongst doctors.

“That the current situation has endangered stability in the workforce via continual resignation of experienced personnel from the hospital leading to grossly inadequate medical personnel.

“The current paltry pay of doctors cannot support Residency Training Programme which requires periodic update courses.”

“It is our earnest hope that the state government graciously takes steps to address these demands in order to ensure the continued smooth running of the hospital; otherwise we may not guarantee industrial harmony,” he said.

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