Medical, Dental Consultants advocate urgent implementation of resettlement plan for IDPs

Babajide Fasesin

The Medical and Dental Consultants’ Association of Nigeria (MDCAN) has called for urgent implementation of the resettlement plan by the Federal Government for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) at the 13 camps in addition to the ongoing efforts towards addressing their health challenges.

This call was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the Association which held in Lagos. The President of the Association, Professor Balarabe Sani Garko who read the communiqué to newsmen in Kaduna at the weekend decried the deplorable health situation of IDPs with conditions including malaria, malnutrition and poor sanitation among others.
He however expressed the willingness and readiness of MDCAN members to partner with the government and other stakeholders in the effort to combat the health challenges of the IDPs.
Professor Garko also decried what he described as continuous non-payment of salaries and allowances to members of the Association for several months in various health institutions across the country while he urged employers still owing workers’ salaries and allowances to without any further delay defray all such outstanding emoluments, saying, the continued delay is a violation of the extant labour laws and workers’ right to legitimate wages.
The communiqué also advocated for the universal application of agreements regarding implementation of appropriate emoluments to all members especially at the state level. Also,it called on the Federal Ministry of Health to urgently work towards the resolution of the current National Association of Resident Doctors strike by implementing all previous agreements reached at various intervention meetings.