Doctors seek inclusion into integrated payroll system

Eme Offiong, Calabar

The National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, has urged the Nigerian Government to fulfill its promise to enroll its members into the Integrated Personnel Payroll System, IPPIS.

This was part of resolutions reached at the end of a four day scientific conference and National Executive Council, NEC, meeting of the association in Calabar, Cross River State capital, in Southern Nigeria.

According to the National President, Dr. John Onyebueze, who read out the communiqué, “we commend the Minister of Finance, the Accountant General and Head of IPPIS for initiating the process of enrolling resident doctors into the integrated payroll system”.

The association urged the Nigerian Government to ensure the circularisation of the corrected House Officers entry point, noting “NARD will continue to liaise with relevant Parastatals to bring a quick end to persistent issues related to salary shortfalls”.

The association further urged the Nigerian and State Governments to show more commitment to the upgrade maintenance of facilities in tertiary institutions.

“Most of the facilities in our health institution are obsolete and cannot compete with those of other developing countries like India.

“Nigeria suffer brain drain, capital flight and lack the ability to engage in medical tourism. In fact, the essence of this conference was to thinker on ways to change current challenges and chart a way forward in our profession,” the NARD President said.

The resident doctors also condemned the attempts by some officials Federal Government Parastatals to erode the proper placement of their members on appropriate grade levels and steps, describing the stagnation of promotion as “illegal”.

NARD commended some Nigerians within and outside the medical field for their immense contribution to the growth of medicine in Nigeria, while on the other hand it recommended that some of its Life Members should face disciplinary committee for actions against the welfare and progress of the association.

“NARD appreciates Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, The Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, Chairman House Committee on Health, Betty Aiafi and others for efforts made to improve healthcare delivery in Nigeria,”, Dr. Onyebueze noted.

The NARD president explained that a day would be set aside to honour those mentioned and others.

“In view of the negative actions and stance of the following life members of our association, Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole; the Head of Department of Hospital Services, Dr. Wapada Balami and former Minister of health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu are referred to NARD disciplinary committee for adjudication and further action,” he added.

The National Association of Resident Doctors gave the Nigerian Government 21 days to address the issues raised, adding that failure may result in a strike.

Confidence Okwuchi