The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has decried the N5,000 monthly stipend given to them as hazard allowance.
On Tuesday, NMA Chairman in Kano State, Usman Ali, described the allowance as grossly inadequate. He spoke to the press during activities to mark the 2020 Physicians’ Week.
Ali cited the risks attached to the health profession in Nigeria, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic. He disclosed that from entry-level to the level of professor in medicine, the amount of the allowance remains the same. The NMA demanded that the government effects an immediate upward review.
“The doctors have been overworked, yet they are neither motivated nor encouraged. This is because the doctor-patient ratio is on the increased side. During COVID-19 outbreak in Kano, we lost two doctors in the line of duty.
“If you look at this allowance, it is too poor for our doctors to use and even provide Personal Protective Equipment for themselves. We, therefore, call on the government to increase this allowance,” Daily Nigerian quoted him as saying.