- Shehu Sani has condemned plans by the government to replace striking doctors with serving NYSC members
- The former lawmaker suggested that instead of taking such an "absurd" move, FG should consider the demands of the doctors
- Sani stated that not all Nigerians can afford "medical tourism" like some of the political office holders
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Shehu, Sani, a former senator representing Kaduna Central, has condemned the order by the Ministry of Health to replace the striking doctors with medical consultants on the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme.
In a tweet on Thursday, September 10, the former lawmaker described the statement credited to the minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, as "absurd and impracticable."
Legit.ng recalls that Ehanire, in a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday, September 9, had given the directive to chief medical directors and managing directors of federal tertiary hospitals to “immediately” commence the use of consultants and doctors on NYSC scheme to provide routine services.
The minister, who spoke on the heels of the strike action by the Nigerian resident doctors over delay in payment of salaries and other allowances, also ordered that locum staffers “be brought in when and where necessary to forestall services’ disruption."
“Emergency services should continue to run as before. Routine services should be maintained with Consultants, NYSC Doctors. Locum staffers to be brought in when and where necessary to forestall services disruption when applicable and affordable," he said.
But while reacting to the Enahire's directives, Shehu Sani stated that it would be absurd to replace striking doctors with NYSC members.
The former lawmaker also urged the federal government to consider the demand of the doctors, adding that not all Nigerians can afford medical tourism to Europe.
"It’s absurd and impracticable for the minister of health to direct public hospitals to replace striking Doctors with Youth Corpers.
"The Government should concede to the demands of the Doctors. Not every Nigerian can afford medical tourism to Europe or Asia," he said.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Sani revealed why Nigerians did not hit the street in protest against the recent hike in the price of petrol.
Speaking through a tweet on Saturday, September 5, Sani said Nigerians did not protest the fuel price as they did in 2012 because they were waiting for people to protest for them.
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