- Doctors have been asked to immediately put an end to the ongoing strike action for the sake of Nigerians
- According Osagie Ehanire, minister of health, President Muhammadu Buhari's administration will settle all debts
- The minister made this known at the briefing of the presidential committee on COVID-19 on Monday, September 13
A message has been sent to doctors in Nigeria. The message was sent by Osagie Ehanire, minister of health.
The minister urged the doctors to as a matter of urgency put an end to the ongoing strike action, The Cable reports.
He disclosed this at the briefing of the presidential committee on COVID-19 on Monday, September 13.
According to him, the government will clear all the debts after the government conducts its verification exercise, Premium Times reports.
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He said President Muhammadu Buhari's administration has a record of paying debts. He said the government has paid debts that it did not even incur.
“With this, I call on striking doctors to put an end to their industrial action immediately and return to work. Nigeria has been lucky with the relatively low impact of COVID-19 so far, and we need to keep our preparedness optimal. We cannot afford to stretch our luck too far.”
Ngige to striking doctors: Be humble and carry yourselves with dignity
Meanwhile, the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, counselled striking doctors in the country to be humble and carry themselves with dignity.
The minister gave the advice while speaking at a summit on Thursday, August 12. Ngige, a medical doctor, was reacting to the current strike by medical doctors in the country.
Expressing concerns over the state of health nationwide, the minister asked the doctors not to Play God or compete with God.
Doctors strike: APC governors intervention hits deadlock
Meanwhile, it was reported that the ongoing resident doctors’ strike would continue as the intervention by the house of representatives on the dispute between the government and the NARD after two days of marathon meetings hit a deadlock.
The House committee on healthcare services on Tuesday, August 10, failed to convince the resident doctors in calling off the ongoing industrial action across the country.
The chairman of the house committee on healthcare services, Tanko Sununu, said the stakeholders, including the federal ministries of health; finance, budget and national planning; labour, employment and productivity had agreed to address some of the issues.