No fewer than 79 medical doctors employed by the state government have resigned their appointments.

The Chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Kogi State chapter, Kabiru Zubair  gave this shocking revelation while decrying the negligence of the state government towards payment of medical Doctors' salaries.

Zubair told Bounce News that the medical doctors resigned in reaction to irregular payment of salaries.

Lamenting the plight of the medical personnel, Zubair noted that doctors, who were at the forefront of the struggle for better welfare for health workers, had lost the zeal to fight due to the nonchalant attitude of the government.

He said the only available option left was to leave the state civil service.

“As at today, a total of 79 doctors have left Kogi State civil service.

In the last nine months alone, 27 doctors have resigned from the Kogi State Specialist Hospital (KSSH), Lokoja, including two consultants.

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“Forty-four have resigned from the state’s Hospitals Management Board (HMB) and eight from the Kogi State University Teaching Hospital, Anyigba.

“More doctors are just waiting for the next available opportunity to leave. Zubair said.

The NMA chairman however expressed fear that with this step taken by health care providers, the state may experience worsened health care delivery system if the government refuses to intervene

Recall that the NMA recently held their Physician Week with the theme; "Universal Health Coverage, Leave No One Behind" which held between October 21 and 27 where they demanded  improved enrollment in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) from the current less than five per cent coverage.

The scheme if given attention would have significantly cratered for the informal sector, especially for the rural dwellers.

But from all indications, it seems the medical doctors themselves have been "left behind"


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