NMA: Masari Lied Over Health Workers’ Salaries!

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The Katsina State chapter of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has hit hard on
Governor Aminu Bello Masari insisting that his assertions on emoluments of medical doctors was false and misleading.

Governor Masari has reportedly hinted that salaries of health workers was the cause of problem in the health sector even as he was said to have noted that “the monthly salary of qualified medical doctor is N850,000 while a diploma holder is N200,000 per month.”

But in a statement issued by the NMA, signed by its chairman and secretary, Doctors Muhammad Ujudud Musa and Suleiman Muhammad Usman respectively, the association said the assertion was false.

The NMA noted “that a freshly qualified medical doctor earns far less than the said N200,000″adding that a consultant in the state earned ” far less than N850,000 being purportedly paid to doctor.”

“It is the view of the NMA that this misinformation, sabotage and lack of clarifications from reliable stakeholders and institutions is the bane of this false assertion”

While urging the public to disregards “such false information as salary and allowances of civil servants anywhere are easily verifiable,” the NMA urged Masari to clarify the correct figures from relevant stakeholders.

It would be recalled that Gov. Aminu said his administration would review downward the salary of health personnel in the state.

He said that the salary of health personnel in the state was one of the serious problems of the health sector, noting that the review was based on the current financial situation of the state.

The governor said that the monthly salary of a qualified medical doctor was N850,000, while a diploma holder from health technology received about N200,000 per month.

He said he was planning to meet with stakeholders in the health sector to discuss the issue, adding that “one has to cut his or her expenditure according to what is in the pocket.’’

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