Nigerian Medical Association branch in Kogi State has express their displeasure and vow to reject any pay cut of it members and other health care workers.
In a statement by the Chairman of the NMA in the state, Dr Kabiru Zubair, in Lokoja on Sunday, said the attention of the NMA had been drawn to the proposed wage cut by the government.
”The NMA is not unaware of the ongoing global pandemic of COVID-19 and the consequent economic downturn. But, the NMA strongly rejects any salary cut for doctors and other health care workers”
The state Chairman further stated that, “It is no longer news that over 100 health workers have been infected by this virus and some have paid the supreme price. Hence, most hospitals are on red alert and consider all patients as potential carriers of COVID-19.
It is no news that the federal government has since increased hazard allowance for doctors in the country from 5,000 by 50% he said..
The Kogi NMA chairman said he expects Kogi State Government to take similar steps to encourage and retain its health care workers at this time and not to cut wages.