Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has volunteered to constitute a medical board to investigate the state of medical fitness of Governor Danbaba Suntai of Taraba state.
The offer was sequel to controversy surrounding his ability to continue to govern the state. The governor’s close aides have been at loggerheads with the leadership of the House of Assembly since the Suntai returned to the country about 10 days ago.
Governor Suntai, who sustained serious injuries following a helicopter crash last year near Yola, has since transmitted a letter to the state’s House of Assembly to resume. But, the legislators have insisted that he is not fit yet to carry on with his job.
Rising from its National Council Meeting (NEC), held between 25th August and 1st September, 2013, in Abuja, NMA President, Dr. Osahon Enabulele, said the association was willing to offer its support in line with the provisions of the constitution.
He said, “NMA is very prepared to make available her expert members who are professionals in various fields of medicine to constitute a medical board to resolve the lingering question of the medical fitness of the Governor and any other public or political office holde”.
Meanwhile, the association has issued a 21-day ultimatum for the Federal Government (FG) to fix various challenges confronting the nation’s medical sector, including payment of outstanding salaries due to irregularities in implementing the centralised Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS).
Information System (IPPIS)“Since the commencement of the implementation of IPPIS in federal public hospitals, it has greatly undermined the welfare of doctors, many whom have had to endure over three months of non-payment of salaries due to gross irregularities in the implementation.
“NEC therefore calls on government to urgently correct the numerous IPPIS irregularities within the next 21 days with effect from Monday 2nd to September 2013 or stop the use of IPPIS as a means of payment of salaries in public hospitals until the irregularities are sorted out with a perfect innocuous system put in place,” the NMA stated.