In a significant stride towards improving healthcare services in Kwara State, Governor Abdul Rahman has once again demonstrated his commitment to the well-being of citizens by approving the normalisation of the salaries and allowance of medical doctors in the State . This landmark decision is poised to usher in a new era of enhanced medical care for the people of Kwara.
Under the newly approved salary scale, Kwara State doctors are now at par with their contemporaries in the federal services . The highlights of this transformational move include the implementation of a 100% revised Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS), a boost to the hazard allowance, incorporation of skipping and relativity factors, and allocation of medical residency training funds specifically tailored to support the development of resident doctors in the state.
The positive impacts of this decision have been resonating throughout the healthcare sector, especially within the National Association of Government General Medical and Dental Practitioners (NAGGMDP).
A congress of the NAGGMDP presided by the chairman, Dr Yusuf Abass , at the NMA hall, provided a platform for members to engage in discussions about the state of the association and various matters pertaining to the well-being and professional growth of its members.
Prominent figures graced the occasion, including the State NMA Chairman, Dr. Ola Ahmad, former Association Chairman, Dr. Saka Agboola, and the former Secretaries, Dr. Ayinde Musa, Dr. Adana Nurudeen, former NMA vice chairman, Dr Rotimi Suleiman .
The State NMA Chairman delivered an impassioned address, emphasizing the need for members to reciprocate the government’s benevolence by continuing to provide exceptional healthcare services guided by the principles of the Hippocratic Oath.
During the congress, the NMA Chairman also underscored the importance of maintaining harmonious professional and interpersonal relationships among members.
Such unity, he stressed, is essential for fostering an environment of collaboration and mutual support, ultimately contributing to the betterment of the healthcare landscape in Kwara State.
In addition, the Secretary of the association, Dr. Saliu Olayinka Olomooba (Nell), took the opportunity to express profound gratitude to all those who have contributed to the growth and development of the NAGGMDP.
Dr. Olomooba highlighted the pivotal role played by the government, particularly Governor Abdul Rahman, in averting an impending strike that could have had dire consequences for the health and well-being of Kwarans in need of medical attention.
The medic extended his appreciation to individuals who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure the success of these achievements.
He commended the unwavering efforts of Mr. Ajakaye Rafiu, the Publicity Secretary to the Kwara State Governor, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, the Executive Secretary of the Hospital Management Bureau, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance and the Accountant General of the state .
The expression of gratitude from the medical community echoes the sentiment that collaboration between government and healthcare professionals can yield remarkable improvements in the lives of the people they serve.