The Kogi State chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) says more than 85 doctors have left the state civil service.
A statement issued on Monday by Kabiru Zubair, Chairman of the association, noted this while commending Yahaya Bello, Governor of Kogi State, on his achievements in the past three years.
He pleaded with the state government to take measures to put an end to doctors leaving the state.
According to him, “under this administration, a total of 88 doctors have left Kogi Civil Service; 79 previously, plus another nine who had succeeded in securing new employment recently”.
He also stressed that “payment of outstanding salaries” will help encourage the health workers to stay in the state.
“Steps such as the payment of outstanding salary arrears of doctors and other health care workers; implementation of the corrected CONMESS, promotion and annual step increment among others, are needed to reverse this unfortunate trend.
“As you commence of your fourth year in office, the NMA as the custodian of the health of the people is ready and willing to partner with your government to right the wrong in the Kogi State health sector."