The Nigerian Medical Association, Ekiti State branch has accused the state government of owing doctors in its employ months of unpaid salaries and emoluments.
The state Chairman, Dr Kayode Ariyibi; and Public Relations Officer, Dr Benjamin Adegoke, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday titled, ‘EKSG owes doctors months of salaries.’ “Government of Ekiti State is owing workers months of salary, deductions and several months of promotion arrears which have subjected our members to hardship,” the statement read.
It added, “We advise the state government to place good premium on healthcare delivery in the state as industrial harmony in the health sector may not be guaranteed further if due attention is not paid to the welfare and emoluments of healthcare workers.”
The state government while reacting to allegation by NMA President, Professor Innocent Ujah, that the state alongside other states, was owing doctors salaries, had on Monday denied owing any doctor, saying, “As of today, all health workers in the state, including doctors, have been paid their salaries up to November 2021.”
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Oyebanji Filani, had in a statement noted that the Dr Kayode Fayemi administration placed priority on the welfare of medical personnel in the state, hence prompt and regular payment of their entitlements.
But Ekiti NMA said, “We wish to state in clear term that doctors in the employment of Ekiti State Government are being owed salaries and emoluments between four months to five months especially those working with the State University Teaching Hospital, Hospital Management Board,
Ministry of Health and the State Primary Health Care Development Agency (Local Governments).
“Unremitted deductions for cooperative societies and unions also stand at between eight to 16 months for doctors working in the state. The above conditions persisted because subventions released were not sufficient to pay worker full salaries.
“There are also unpaid six months promotion arrears for doctors under HMB in addition to non-payment of minimum wage while no doctor in the employment of Ekiti State was paid COVID- 19 allowance.
“Despite the ugly development, our members have continued to render continuous optimal services, but such may no longer be guaranteed.”