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Abia Doctors’ SOS To Kalu Stirs Controversy

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A Save Our Soul, SOS call from Abia doctors to Orji Uzor Kalu, the Senate Chief Whip, to help out the Abia State University Teaching Hospital has divided the hospital management and the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA.

The NMA chairman Dr. Okwuonu Chimezie had during a courtesy visit to Kalu that the state of health services in the state saying, “The average person in Abia cannot access health care, we are pleading with you sir to come to the aid of doctors in Abia State”.

He subsequently appealed to Senator Kalu to help see to it that the workers were paid and that the general level of healthcare was lifted in the state.

The plea by the NMA chairman was against the background of claims that doctors in ABSUTH were being owed 18 months arrears of salary.

Now, the management of ABSUTH have fully renounced the invitation to Kalu and disclaimed the assertions of the NMA.

A statement obtained by GWG on the development issued by Dr. Wokoh Davidson, Chairman of the Governing Council, ABSUTH wholly disowned Dr. Chimezie’s claim as not reflective of the situation on ground in ABSUTH.

Coming against the background of the fact that the government has commenced the payment of the arrears of salary, Dr. Davidson said:

“The Board and Management of the Institution frown seriously at such outlandish calls that has no substance and therefore wish to state as follows:

1. We are not aware of any of such visit to any Senator

2. We did not authorize such statements

3. The Government of Abia State led by Dr Okezie Victor Ikpeazu PhD has shown genuine interest and is determined to clear the salary arrears – as the first tranche of payment was received recently

4. The Board and Management of ABSUTH are grateful to the State Government and believe in her genuine interest in revitalizing the Hospital.”

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