Nigeria Medical Doctors Begin ‘Indefinite’ Strike after Breakdown in Talks With Government

by Omolola Odugbesan

The Nigeria medical Association has embarked on a Nationwide indefinite strike starting from Tuesday.

The strike was declared on Monday by the NMA in a press briefing on the inability of the federal Government to meet the demands of doctors. The president of NMA, Dr. Kayode Obembe in the press briefing said there was no going back.

“The NMA is taking this painful route because our silence and gentle approach to these contending issues have been taken for granted,” he said. “We have to take this action in order to save the health care delivery system from anarchy that is palpably imminent.”

A 24 point demand was sent by the NMA to the Federal Government, but which they could meet.

The demands are as follows: The appointment of surgeon – General of the Federation, Payment of clinical duty, and hazard allowances, withdrawal of the central Bank of Nigeria circular on medical equipment, the discontinuation of recognition of non – medical doctors and consultant title to any other health worker other than medical doctors.

Obembe said since the federal government did not appreciate their silence and peaceful approach to these pressing issues, the NMA says it is taking the forceful and painful way to approach the issue because they felt the government was taking their concerns for granted.

The union’s chairman appealed for understanding on the part of Nigerians and asked for the country to prevail on the government to heed the calls of the union.

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