From Eric Ikhilae, Abuja
Members of the Nigeria Governors’ Discussion board (NGF) have resolved to handle the issues raised by resident medical doctors, who not too long ago suspended their nationwide strike after the NGF’s intervention.
The NGF promised to work with the Federal Ministry of Well being and state Ministries of Well being to make sure efficient decision of the grievances.
The governors, in a communique issued after the NGF’s 11th COVID-19 teleconference assembly held on Wednesday, resolved to ” evaluation the issues of the resident medical doctors and interface with the federal and state Ministries of Well being to handle the issues of resident medical doctors within the nation, by settling backlog of salaries the place such exist, re-integrating residency coaching in state hospitals the place they’ve been suspended, offering protecting gear and guaranteeing sustainable pathways to uphold the welfare of medical doctors in an efficient and environment friendly method.”
Additionally they resolved to have interaction with the Federal Ministry of Finance, Funds and Nationwide Planning to tackle the brand new State Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS) extra financing as grants to states.
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This, they mentioned, was knowledgeable by the momentum on fiscal accountability and sustainability generated by the present SFTAS programme and the necessity for sustained funding for state governments within the wake of the fiscal stress that accompanied the COVID-19 pandemic.
Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, who’s the Chairman of the NGF State Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS) Sub-Committee interfacing with the World Financial institution, on its process of facilitating the availability of extra financing for states to assist governments’ response to the COVID-19 disaster.
It mentioned the World Financial institution Job Group chief for the SFTAS program, Yue Man Lee, additionally supplied an replace on the 2019 Annual Efficiency Evaluation and preparatory preparations for the US$750 extra financing.
A part of the communique reads: “The Honourable Minister of Well being, Osagie Ehanire, who introduced a newly developed 3-year Well being Sector COVID-19 Response Motion Plan which is aimed toward repositioning the nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic over a medium-term outlook.
“The Minister additionally assured State governments of the supply of about 1,000,000 Private Protecting Gear (PPE) for well being care staff within the varied services all through the nation.
The Honourable Minister of Well being, supported by the Govt Secretary of the Nationwide Well being Insurance coverage Scheme (NHIS), Professor Mohammed Sambo and the Govt Director/CEO of Nationwide Main Well being Care Improvement Company (NPHCDA) Dr Faisal Shuaib additionally supplied clarifications on observations raised by the states on the brand new tips on the implementation of the Fundamental Well being Care Provision Fund and the necessity to quick observe its launch within the gentle of the present COVID-19 pandemic, when elevated well being response is required and when State governments are experiencing monetary strains that threaten their skill to satisfy counterpart obligations.
“The President of the Nationwide Affiliation of Resident Docs, Dr. Sokomba Aliyu additionally made a presentation conveying the issues of resident medical doctors together with, amongst others, the non-implementation of residency coaching in most States of the federation, non-payment of salaries and the usage of inappropriate wage constructions in some states.
“Dr. Sokomba Aliyu additionally informed Governors a few specific state the place a 25% wage lower throughout board additionally affected resident medical doctors most of whom continued to work, arguing that there was no foundation for slashing the salaries of his members who as a substitute of staying at dwelling are encountering even added challenges at work.”