The Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, has called for an upward review of monthly hazard allowance paid to medical doctors.
The Delta state branch of the NMA made the call in a communique issued at the end of its Annual General Meeting held in Asaba.
The association said the demand for increment in the hazard allowance paid to doctors became imperative in light of dangers faced by doctors and other healthcare workers due to the virulent COVID-19 disease and other infectious diseases.
In the Communique signed by Dr. Nwose Emmanuel and Dr. Okoacha Innocent, Chairman and Secretary respectively, NMA Implored the Delta State Government to approve a percentage of the consolidated basic salaries as a monthly hazard allowance for all doctors and healthcare workers in their continued battle against infectious diseases and other contagions on daily basis.
The NMA also observed the erroneous exclusion of the medical officers in the Delta State Hospitals Management Board from receiving Teaching Allowance.
According to the NMA, “Medical officers are presently not receiving full CONMESS as approved and implemented for doctors in Delta State.
“This is because they have been excluded from receiving Teaching Allowance as contained in CONMESS circular domesticated by the Delta State Government.
“Also, before the approval of CONMESS salary structure, there was a Riverine Allowance payable to workers who work in the Riverine Areas of Delta State.
“On adoption of CONMESS this was omitted and NMA has made repeated efforts to ensure its reinstatement to no avail.
At the AGM, the State Government was urged to look into the possible reinstatement of the said allowances to encourage doctors and other healthcare workers. This will enhance service delivery to Deltans and improve health indices.”