Doctors’ strike may end on Monday – Health Minister

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Jul 5th, 2014
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70136a7ec7bc6581e1c18b9d7675010bThe Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, has expressed hope that the ongoing strike by indigenous doctors would be called off on Monday.

The Minister who gave this assurance during a press briefing in Abuja, said, “I also want to remind all health workers that the ethics of their professions dictates that at all times emergency care must not be denied to those that need them. I thank you all.”

According to him, “Almost all the issues in contention were either those that had been satisfactorily resolved or issues that could be treated merely through administrative mechanism.”

Chukwu said, “The MoU was to have apprehended the nationwide strike that was threatened by the association. However, the NMA jettisoned the MoU and proceeded on strike on July 1, 2014. Despite reneging on the MoU, the government immediately invited the NMA to series of meetings on July 1 2014; yet this could not dissuade the NMA from the strike. Another meeting that was planned for July 2, 2014 was aborted when the NMA officials failed to show up.”

Speaking further, Chukwu said, “At the end of the meeting which lasted for 10 hours, another MoU was signed. As I speak to you, the government has met its own side of the MoU and it is expected that the members of the NMA would from Friday (yesterday) begin to attend to all emergency cases in public hospitals in the spirit of this understanding.

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