Nasarawa to implement hazard allowance for healthcare workers

Nasarawa to implement hazard allowance for healthcare workers

The Nasarawa State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Gaza Gwamna, says government is set to implement the improved hazard allowance for medical doctors and other healthcare workers in the State.

The Commissioner made the disclosure on Friday in Lafia after meeting with leaders of the various unions in the health sector.

Gwamna also explained that government has directed that the financial implications of the understanding promotions, hazard allowance, CONMESS and CONHESS be computed with a view to implementing them.

“The Federal Government had approved the adjusted hazard allowance, CONMESS and CONHESS and the State government is working to implement it in the next few months,” he added.

He further said that only nine medical doctors had written to the government of their intention to resign at the end March 2024.

Gaza appealed to the unions in the health sector to show more understanding to the government as it would do everything possible to ensure better welfare for all civil servants.

Also speaking to journalists, Attah Ayaka-Avre, State Chairman, National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) said the association had already given a 14-day ultimatum to the state government over welfare issues affecting its members.

The NANNM Chairman explained that the ultimatum will expired on April 2 and that the association will decide on the next line of action if their demands are not met.

He listed some of their demands to include payment of hazard allowance, reviewed CONHESS, understanding promotions, payment of 2023/2024 uniform allowance among others.

“The government should also improve equipments and facilities at the Primary Healthcare Centres, General Hospitals and Tertiary health facility in the state,” he added.

He however, commended the Commissioner for the effort aimed at addressing lingering issues in the sector to avoid escalation.

Also, Dr. Mohammed Salihu-Ozegya, Chairman, Medical and Dental Consultant Association, Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital (DASH) branch said the said some of their colleagues had tendered their resignation from the state.

He explained that the resignation was due to the difference in renumeration between the state and federal government.

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