3rd year anniversary : NMA felicitates with Bello, calls for deliberate steps to halt doctors’ exit in Kogi Civil Service




The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Kogi State chapter, on Monday felicitated with the state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello on the celebration of his third year anniversary in office.


A statement by Dr. Kabiru Zubair, the NMA Chairman in Lokoja, appreciated the governor for making health care as one of his five thematic areas.


The association equally felicitated with the Deputy Governor, the SSG, Chief of Staff, Commissioner for Health, Special Adviser on Health Matters and the entire cabinet members for sustaining the progress made thus far.


Gov. Yahaya Bello was sworn-in as the fourth civilian governor of Kogi State by the Chief Judge, Justice Nasir Ajanah on January 27, 2016.

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Zubair commended the New Direction Government led by Bello for some positive steps the government has taken in repositioning the health sector in the state.


The chairman, however, urged the state government to take deliberate steps to reverse the ‘current internal drift’ of doctors and other health care workers from the Kogi State Civil Service.


According to him, under this administration a total of 88 doctors have left Kogi Civil Service; 79 previously, plus another nine who had succeeded in securing new employment recently.


The chairman stressed that the doctors and other health care workers remained the drivers of health care delivery anywhere in the world.

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“Steps such as the payment of outstanding salary arrears of doctors and other health care workers, implementation of the corrected CONMESS, promotion and annual step increment among others, are needed to reverse this unfortunate trend.


“As you commence your fourth year in office, the NMA as the custodian of the health of the people is ready and willing to partner with your government to right the wrong in the Kogi State health sector,” Zubair said.

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