Covid-19: Anambra Doctors suspend strike

By Chinwe Nwacha Onitsha

Sequel to the ravaging effect of coronavirus across the world medical doctors in Anambra State
have called off their three weeks old strike.

Under the Conference of Civil Service Doctors, NAGGDMP, the doctors yesterday (Tuesday) announced the suspension of its indefinite strike.

Briefing newsmen on the suspension, at General hospital Onitsha, yesterday, the state Chairman of NAGGOMP, Dr Livinus Chukwuma, recalled that the association embarked on an indefinite strike on 1st March 2020.

The strike he said was to protest the neglect of the doctors in the Civil Service by the government of Anambra state.

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“This strike is in its 4th week now; but, considering the current trend in the world, namely, the Covid-19 and its presence in Nigeria, the Civil service doctors in Anambra state feel that it is a mark of dishonour to the people of the state to remain on strike while they are facing the looming danger.

“The scar of the eventual outcome would be indelible in the mind of
the public and the doctors too.

“In line with the oath we swore to up hold the health of our citizens,
the doctors have decided to suspend the strike in order to be combat ready for the Covid-19 pandemic.

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“This is a sacrifice expected of us and must be made. The strike is by
this press briefing suspended. All doctors are to be at their work
places on Wednesday 25th March 2020, at a time not later than 0800 hours.”

“It is our hope that the State government will utilize this time to
fine-tune their actions towards a lasting solution to the lingering
issues with the doctors” he pleaded.

Recall that the doctors embarked on the indefinite strike action due
to the alleged failure of the  state Government to adhere to agreement signed with the doctors

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According to the Chairman, “the strike was necessitated by the failure of the state Government to adhere to the agreement signed with the Civil Service Doctors and Nigerian Medical Association on one part and the Government of Anambra state on the other”.

He recalled that doctors in the state had earlier embarked on 13 months strike due to the failure of the state Government to accept the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure, as prescribed by the Federal Government as the standard for all doctors in the federal civil services.

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