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JOHESU strike: Doctors are working in Ekiti- NMA

 Despite the ongoing strike by the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU), the Ekiti State branch of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has said its members…

 Despite the ongoing strike by the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU), the Ekiti State branch of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has said its members are busy working in hospitals in the state.


Part of a statement on Wednesday by the NMA chairman in the state, Dr Sunday Omoya and the secretary, Dr Kenneth Onyebuilo, said doctors are working "as much as possible in the face of the present situation."

It added, "doctors are not on strike and are available in all health institutions in the state to attend to their health needs, the current situation in our health sector requires urgent attention to end the unhealthy rivalry and practices alien to international standards."

The NMA, which condemned what it described as "the illegal and unethical practice of locking up government properties such as hospital equipment and department offices during industrial actions," requested that the heads of all institutions should immediately address the issue while urging government at various levels to take actions to prevent the recurrence of such in the future.

They added that they were not opposed to improved welfare for allied medical professionals, but said such must not be done contrary to international best practices.

While reacting to the ongoing strike by the JOHESU, rhe NMA noted that "a professional should request for remuneration not only because of the sector it operates but also because of the responsibilities and expectations bestowed on it."
 
They argued that "a course of study cannot be assessed based on the duration of the course only but also by the requirements for intake, content and curriculum of the programme."

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