From what is going on in the health sector in Nigeria and constant lamentations by the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) FCT Chapter, one may begin to think that many trained Doctors who left for better opportunities in foreign countries for greener pastures did the right thing.
The number of lingering issues in the FCTA administration has given birth to a silent but growing uneasiness among health workers of the FCTA.
It is alarming that these issues are not recent events but one which have lingered on for several years despite various negotiation by the health workers especially the resident doctors
This issues ranges from unpaid salaries for some months in 2019, promotion arrears from 2016,2017,2018, covid allowances for the workers at isolation centers , skipping of newly employed doctors.
It is quite unfair to the health workers especially the resident doctors who have their work place as the only source of income.
Doctors who where promoted and backdated are yet to be paid arrears since 2016 and unfortunately most are due for another promotion hence creating unnecessary backlog.
It is therefore pertinent to note that in these times of covid-19 pandemic the health care frontline workers be given priority considering the numbers that are being infected on a daily basis.
The more these issues pile up the more the uncertainty of the calmness of the health sector of our dear country.
Recall how the FCT resident doctors began an indefinite strike over non-payment of salaries, and poor infrastructure
on March 17, 2020 a year later we are still on these challenges.
Again You will recall that the health workers had in 2020 issued a 14-day ultimatum to the FCTA management to resolve issues of Payment of the balance skipping arrears, payment of 2016, 2017 and 2018 promotion arrears, improvement on the security situation in the hospitals, and provision and maintenance of equipment and infrastructure in the various hospitals in the FCT.
In 2021 the ARD-FCTA issued yet another three weeks Ultimatum to the FCT Administration on the 1st of March 2021 to further press home their demands and challenges which have been bedevilling the Health workers. The Ultimatum is expected to elapsed Sunday the 21 of March, the question still remains how ready is the FCTA in meeting the health workers demands and pleas.
The past administration of the ARD- FCTA chapter carried out several press conferences, issuance of countless Ultimatum, industrial action’s (strikes), yet the demands of the health workers are far from being actualized.
ARD-FCTA is the FCTA chapter of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors. An Association which comprises of all doctors practicing in the 14 district and general hospitals, department of public health and primary health care development board under the federal capital territory administration (FCTA) excluding the consultants.
This is therefore a call on the FCTA administration and the relevant health authorities in the country especially the FCT to ensure that the challenges of the health workers are met to enable them service the patients and save lives which is their core aim.