A two months old strike has been called off by the Imo state chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association after a meeting with the state governor, Emeka Ihedioha.
Speaking at a closed-door session with the governor, NMA chairman, Kyrian Duruewuru, said that the association “has called off the indefinite strike with an immediate effect.”
The chairman also revealed that the governor agreed to address the issues which made the NMA in the state to embark on the strike two months ago.
According to Duruewuru, they called off the strike so as to give the new administration in the state the benefit of a doubt concerning promises to fix the concerns of the association.
He further revealed that apart from payment of the full salaries which the governor promised, Governor Ihedioha equally agreed to pay three months salary arrears to the members of the chaoter.
The NMA chairman said:
“we have called off the indefinite strike and we have instructed our members to go back to work. The governor said that our reason for embarking on strike was germane. He said that the state government would now begin to pay us 100 per cent salaries, not half payment anymore. The governor also agreed to pay us three months salary arrears owed the members of our association. He also agreed to rehabilitate the road leading to Imo Teaching Hospital, Orlu. There are other technical issues but we think that it was fair to give the new administration the benefit of doubt. We have gone back to work immediately.”