- Nigerian doctors are bent on going on strike
- This position by the medical practitioners has angered the health minister, Osagie Ehanire
- Ehanire said that it is only in Nigeria doctors go on strike when coronavirus is claiming lives
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Following the deadlock meeting between representatives of the federal government and those of striking doctors, the minister of health Osagie Ehanire, has made some remarks.
Doctors on the platform of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) met with the minister of labour and employment, Senator Chris Ngige, on Tuesday, June 16, and were engaged in a discussion that lasted for hours without a headway, The Nation reports.
Reacting to the development, Ehanire expressed surprise that Nigerian medical practitioners have chosen to go on strike at a time when the nation needs them the most.
The health minister pointed out that in some other countries of the world, even retired doctors return to hospitals to help coronavirus patients to the best of their abilities.
Expressing his displeasure over the decision of the doctors, he said: “One day you will be sitting where we are sitting; you will be going through the same thing we are going through. It is a circle of life.
“In other countries, we have seen retired doctors and workers come out of retirement. Nigeria is the first country in the world where health workers went on strike during a pandemic."
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The minister stated that the ministry will issue a directive to all medical directors to open a register by 7 a.m and record all those who come to work and those who failed to do so.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that despite the worldwide coronavirus issues, medical doctors in Gombe state had embarked on an indefinite strike.
The action was taken by the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) over what it described as unfavourable working conditions. This was disclosed by Dr Saidu Alhassan, president of the association, on Monday, March 16.
He said that the doctors proceeded on strike after 11 weeks of inconclusive negotiations with the state government.
He also alleged that the government has refused to upgrade House Officers currently on internship.
Going further, Alhassan lamented that more than 30 doctors and two consultants had left the services of the state government in the last six months.
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