YOU HAVE NOT GIVEN ABSUTH SUBVENTIONS IN THE LAST 10 MONTHS- ABIA NMA TELLS IKPEAZU
Chinwe Ugele, Umuahia.
The Nigeria Medical Association of Nigeria, Abia state chapter has denied claims by the state government that it had paid the Abia state Teaching Hospital, (ABSUTH) its subventions up to date.
Rising from the Ordinary General Meeting of the Association held on Wednesday in Umuahia, the body issued a communique wherein it recalled how the commissioner of Finance, Mr. Obinna Oriaku claimed that the government only gives subvention to the health institution and so not owing ABSUTH salaries.
The communique read in part, “whereas he is aware that the subvention is based on the salary wage bill of the hospital and has not been paid for ten months.”
Continuing, the communique read; “we note with dismay that doctors in ABSUTH are owed arrears of salaries for ten months, i.e. February to November , 2018,while doctors in HMB are owed arrears of salaries for eight months and experienced arbitrary slash in their salaries for over 3 months.”
They pointed out that ABSUTH has been in existence for over 20 years and had been maintained successive governments that recognized its indispensability, in multi -disciplinary health care, health research, undergraduate and post graduate medical manpower development.
The association, while recalling that governor Okezie Ikpeazu promised to off set all outstanding salaries before December, enjoined the state government to ensure it clears all outstanding salaries owed workers in both institutions before the end of December 2018. They also called on the commissioner of finance to withdraw the allegedly false statement and desist from his deliberate act of misinforming the public and increasing the grief of the workers.
The communique which was signed by the chairman of the association, Dr. Mrs. Iwuoha E.C. and secretary, Dr. Umenwa Joachim, complained of the painful and pitiable state of welfare for their members in those two health care outfits in the state.
They decry the poor funding of the secondary and tertiary health institutions in the state by the government, and called for urgent actions and steps to be taken by the authorities to improve the ailing sector.
“That the association may not be able to guarantee industrial harmony in the health sector in the state if this untold hardship being inflicted on our members persist,” it concluded.
Abia state Teaching Hospital and hospital Management board are two out of the several other government agencies being owed arrears of salaries in the state.