THE Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, in Ondo State, yesterday, described the demand of the striking members of Joint Health Sector Unions, JOHESU, as frivolous, absurd and not obtainable anywhere in the world.
It further said that the strike which had paralysed medical activities across the country was uncalled for. This came as the NMA in Ogun State berated the national body of JOHESU for directing states and local government health workers to join the ongoing strike.
State Chairman of NMA in Ondo, Dr. Zacharia Gbelela, who said the strike was not in the interest of Nigeria, said there is nowhere in the world where medical doctors’ pay is at par with other allied professionals.
His words: “It was said that such demand is not feasible based on the quantum of work input by individual players in the health sector. “If we are to go by numbers of weeks imputed by an individual health worker in training, there’s no way we can get to be equal. Averagely to become a medical doctor, 297 weeks are required, while others put in an average of 148 weeks.
“We appeal to JOHESU members in the state not to overstress the goodwill of the state government in ensuring payment of workers particularly the health workers.”