The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has appealed to Gov. Ben Ayade of Cross River to approve and implement the 100 per cent Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS) for doctors in the state in line with other South South states.
The Association made the appeal in a Communiqué released at the end of the South South Zonal Executive Council Meeting held in Delta state between April 5-7.
The Communique was signed and released on Sunday in Calabar by the Chairman, NMA South South Zone and its Secretary, Dr Agam Ayuk and Dr Ezoke Epoke of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital respectively.
The association said that the approval of the salary structure will help to retain skilled workforce in the state service.
NMA also called for an urgent need for proper budgetary funding and release to the health sector of at least 15 per cent of total budget in accordance with the declaration of 2001 by African Head of States and upgrade of health facilities in all federal and state hospitals.
“In the South South Zonal meeting held in Delta state, NMA resolved on many items including an appeal to Gov. Ayade of Cross River to approve and implement the 100 per cent CONMESS for doctors in the state in line with other South South states.
“NMA also advocate for judicious use of the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund towards providing quality and affordable healthcare services to all Nigerians.
“NMA strongly appeals to the Federal and State Governments in keeping with the Sustainable Development Goals to show commitment in achieving Universal Health Coverage for all Nigerians by 2030.
“The Zone implores doctors at all levels especially those in leadership positions to be conversant with the Strategic Health Development Plan II and to actively play their part to see to its successful implementation.
On Migration of doctors to other countries, the zone implores the Federal Government to immediately address the issue by improving health infrastructures, working conditions, remuneration and ensuring structured placement for doctors of all cadres.
The zone also advocated for stringent legislation at various states to help curb the menace of quackery and also implores all NMA South South states to sponsor medical anti-quackery bills at the various state houses of Assembly.