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In Ebonyi, Doctors embark on three days warning strike

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RESIDENT Doctors of Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital Abakaliki (AE-FUTHA) on Tuesday, embarked on three days warning strike over the refusal of management of the hospital to pay the arrears of N50million released for the doctors.

  While Speaking to Journalist in Abakaliki, president of the association in the hospital, Osuagwu Philip said other tertiary institutions in the South East have paid their doctors the arrears which was released last year but the Management of AE-FUTHA have refused to pay them the arrears.

  He said: “The current strike we embarked on is because of the money that we are being owed which is arrears of what we called salary shortfalls was supposed to be paid to us last December. N50million was released for this payment and we have tried to negotiate with management to pay this money, they refused.

  “We are not alone in this, the other south east hospitals like UNTH, FMC Owerri, FMC Umuahia, National Orthopedic hospital and other hospitals in Nigeria received money, the same money and they all paid. It has been a challenged to us and the same thing happened in 2018 when N100million was also paid to our hospital for this purpose”.

  “This strike was supposed to happen last two weeks, we are supposed to go on this strike last two weeks. However, the board Chairman through the former Chief Medical Director(CMD) came and asked us to allow them to intervene for two weeks and that’s why we gave two weeks which expired on 20th January, 2020”.

  “This has been communicated to the leadership of our National body, we have also communicated to south east caucus leaders and we will also communicate to necessary authorities; security outfits about this strike and then wait”.

  “So, this strike is total and we are not offering any service. The only people that will be working in this hospital are the consultants. It involves everybody under the association of Resident Doctors that in AE-FETHA.”

  All effort to speak to the CMD was not successful at the time of filling this report.

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