We have spent 20 billion on healthcare professionals. – Dr Mamora

Nigeria’s minister of state for health, Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora, has responded to allegations bothering on the failure of this government to show commitment towards the welfare of health workers.

Speaking on Channels TV earlier today, the former Lagos state senator said, “We have been able to disburse close to N20 billion and I repeat close to N20 billion. So, to now say nothing has been done, that is not true.

The initial computation we had from the ministry was in excess of N70 billion. But we had to scale it down based on other realities.

When we took off in April, the federal ministry of finance budget and national planning was able to source for N20 billion that they put down to cater for three months period.

We discovered in the process of implementation that we have other figures based on what we were given at the various centres. We discovered that what we had could only cater for a little above two months but not even reaching the entire three months period. So that was how we got stuck and at each point in time we tried to explain this.

We were able to pay April, May full, June, part of it has been paid but not fully paid and it is because of the economic situation and these funds have to be sourced for one way or the other.”

The National Association of Resident Doctors(NARD), had on Monday commenced an indefinite strike. The doctors say the strike is as a result of the failure of the government to meet its demands.

NARD had in June embarked on a one week warning strike over unpaid salaries, unpaid hazard allowance, unavailability of personal protective equipments(PPE) in hospitals and the decay of the nation’s health institutions.

Similarly, barring any change in plans, the Joint Health Sector Unions(JOHESU) and its affiliate unions are set to embark on a strike action from Sunday.

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