Mark, Uduaghan, Ogbeha meet NMA over strike
Senate President David Mark has again held a closed door meeting with the leadership of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) over the ongoing doctors’ strike.
The meeting took place at the Apo residence of the Senate President, in Abuja, from Tuesday night till Wednesday morning.
Governor of Delta State, Emmanuel Uduaghan, Senator Tunde Ogbeha and Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, reportedly attended the meeting.
The parley was in continuation of efforts by Mark to ensure that the current impasse between the striking doctors and the Federal Government is resolved.
The Chief Press Secretary to the Senate President, Paul Mumeh, in a statement, said the NMA was set to end the industrial action embarked upon following disagreement with the federal government over unpaid allowances.
The statement said that Mark reminded the doctors of the implications of the strike on the health of the citizens during the meeting.
It noted that there were indications that government has complied with a reasonable number of the doctors’demands following which they resolved to brief their members before agreeing to call off the strike.
The statement quoted the President of the NMA, Dr. Kayode Obembe, as saying that he would not give the exact date and time when the strike would be called off until he reports back to his members since “the meeting with the Senate President was very useful and successful.”
On assumptions that the striking doctors abandoned the nation in this period of major heath challenge, Obembe said “there was never a time we refused to respond to the national emergency. We have been alive to our duties as professionals and to our father land.”
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