By Chris Nyamtu – Lafia
Nasarawa State Chapter of Nigeria Medical Association NMA has given the state government up to February 2022 to increase hazard allowances for doctors from five to one hundred thousand Naira.
Chairman of NMA in the state Dr Sabo Emmanuel gave the ultimatum during a memorial programne in honour of two of their colleagues in Lafia the Nasarawa State capital.
He noted that if the state government fails to take steps towards increasing hazard allowances for doctors by February 2022, the association would not guarantee any industrial harmony.
Dr Sabo Emmanuel said their colleagues Doctor Nwatu Victor and Doctor Esa Oga who were Consultant Obstetrics and Gynaecologists with Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital Lafia died between the 5th and 14 December 2021 after performing surgery on a confirmed lassa fever patient.
The NMA Chairman stressed the need for the state government to fully equip the newly constructed Molecular Diagnostic Centre for early laboratory diagnoses of Lassa fever and other diseases as according to him the two doctors would not have died in such a manner if the necessary facilities were in place.
While calling on Governor Abdullahi Sule to offer automatic employment to wives of the deceased doctors, Dr. Sabo Emmanuel also appealed for scholarship to their children.
Chief Medical Director, Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital Lafia, Doctor Hassan Ikrama said the death of the two doctors at the time the world is faced with health challenges was a colossal loss to the state.
He stated that the deceased doctors who died in the line of duties were highly dedicated and passionate about their responsibilities to their patients.