Medical doctors at Yariman Bakura Specialist Hospital (ASYBSH) in Gusau, Zamfara, have suspended their looming indefinite strike, originally scheduled to commence on September 4,2023. The strike threat stemmed from the doctors’ frustrations over unpaid salaries and allowances by the state government.
The decision to suspend the strike was announced in an official statement released by the Zamfara branch of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA). The statement was signed by the State Chairman, Dr. Sanusi Bello, and Secretary, Dr. Murtala Shinkafi, indicating a unified front among the medical professionals.
In a testament to the power of constructive dialogue, the doctors revealed that the industrial dispute had been resolved amicably. Notably, all outstanding salaries owed to the affected doctors have been settled, providing much-needed financial relief to the healthcare workforce.
Furthermore, preparations are currently underway to address outstanding allowances for visiting consultants and Professors. This comprehensive approach to resolving compensation issues underscores the commitment of both the medical community and the state government to ensuring the welfare of healthcare workers.
The doctors expressed their gratitude for the intervention of key stakeholders, including Governor Dauda Lawal, Secretary to the State Government Abubakar Nakwada, Emir of Gusau Ibrahim Bello, the Nigeria Labour Congress, and the media. Their involvement played a pivotal role in facilitating a swift resolution to the contentious issues.
This development comes as a relief to the general public, averting a potential healthcare crisis in the region. The unity and collaboration demonstrated by both the medical community and government authorities serve as a compelling example of problem-solving and conflict resolution in the healthcare sector.
By Grace Olaogun