Doctors end strike, resume duty

hospital: Image: Reuters

Dr Osahon Enabulele, the national president of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), on Sunday said doctors in public hospitals would end their five-day warning strike and resume duty on Monday.

Enabulele said that all doctors in the public health sector would resume full services with effect from 08:00 on 23 December.

The NMA had on 15 December directed its members to embark on the nationwide strike.

The action is to protest against the doctors’ poor working conditions, inadequate funding, and poor infrastructure in the nation’s health sector.

“NMA wishes to inform the general public that doctors in the public health sector will resume services from 23 December.

“This is in line with our earlier promise to give prime consideration to the Yuletide season.

“Also, to give another opportunity for the Federal Government to concretely resolve all the demands of NMA for which it first issued a 21-day ultimatum on 2 September,” he said.

Enabulele also called on the Federal Government to ensure that the demands of doctors were met.

“Nigerian doctors shall not hesitate to commence a full blown strike from 08:00 on 6 January 2014, if government does not satisfactorily resolve the demands of doctors.

“We fervently call on all well-meaning Nigerians to assist in the resolution of the demands of the NMA.”

The demands include appropriate funding of Nigeria’s healthcare system, expansion of universal health coverage to cover all Nigerians and health infrastructure upgrade.

Activities in all the government-owned hospitals nationwide were paralysed during the five-day strike by medical doctors.

By joedams Posted in Health

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