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NMA decries shortage of health workers in Kogi, asks Yahaya Bello to recruit more doctors

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The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Kogi chapter, has decried the shortage of qualified medical doctors in secondary and tertiary health institutions in the state.

In a communique issued at the end of its ordinary general meeting (OGM), the association also expressed its displeasure over the “delay” in the payment of salaries of doctors in Specialist Hospital, Lokoja, and Prince Abubakar Audu Teaching Hospital, Anyigba.

The communique was jointly signed by Baoku Olusola and Emmanuel Kelvin, the association’s chairman and secretary, respectively.

“We are dismayed by the human resource and manpower gaps in various health institutions at all levels in Kogi state; this is not a good omen for the health sector in the state,” the communique read.

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“We are urging the state government to recruit more qualified doctors to fill up available gaps in various health institutions in the state and ensure regular payments of salaries of doctors and other health workers in specialist hospital, Lokoja and  Prince Abubakar Audu Teaching Hospital, Anyigba.

“We appeal to the governor of the state to approve and implement various welfare packages for doctors in the state, including but not limited to the new hazard allowance.”

The association, however, commended Yahaya Bello, governor of the state, for investing in the provision of critical infrastructure in various health institutions in the state.

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