Following the industrial action embarked by resident doctors, the Nigeria Medical Association, (NMA), has cautioned Federal and State Governments over the lingering strike action of the National Association of Resident Doctors which had paralyzed hospital activities across the country.
NMA warned that it would join forces if resident doctors were not paid all their due wages to call off the strike.
NMA in a statement issued on Friday, signed by its Chairman on Inter Affiliate Affairs, Dr Rosemary Uzowulu, titled: “high cost of governance maintained yet payment of doctors to avert health sector destruction a failure from government”, described the ongoing strike as uncalled for if those in corridors of power were sincere.
The body of doctors accused the political leaders of playing games with the health of Nigerians because they could afford overseas medical treatment.
The statement partly read: “it is most unfortunate that budget allocation for newspapers for assembly members, state governors, presidency are approved and implemented within days of signing by Mr President, and yet the residency training allocation budgeted and endorsed cannot be implemented.
“The country in face of high cost of governance has decided to use the health of her subject to play chess game where king and queens display power of crown by killing their guards.
“I call on well-meaning Nigerians across the country to quickly put a stop to the strike by mandating those concerned including the state governors for state hospitals to pay the resident doctors all their due wages or stand the chance of black cloud collapse from NMA if the battle lingers.”The doctors had commenced the strike on August 1 over “irregular payment of salaries”, among other issues.Efforts by the house of representatives to reach a new agreement between the federal government and NARD ended in a deadlock on Tuesday — despite a meeting that lasted six hours.
The doctors had commenced the strike on August 1 over “irregular payment of salaries”, among other issues.
Efforts by the house of representatives to reach a new agreement between the federal government and NARD ended in a deadlock on Tuesday — despite a meeting that lasted six hours.