Strike: FG Suspends Intake Of New Doctors

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Aug 21st, 2014

The Federal Government has directed an indefinite suspension of intake of new medical doctors into public hospitals even as it has put on hold all residency programmes pending when a lasting solution is proffered to the sector.

Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Chief Anyim Pius Anyim disclosed this Wednesday in Abuja when a Presidential Committee of Experts on Inter-Professional Relationships in the Public Health Sector and top policy makers of the Federal Government and headed by his predecessor, the former SGF, Yayale Ahmed paid him a visit.

The meeting was fundamental as it intended to shed light on issues leading to the fostering of harmony in the public health sector of the country’s economy.

Anyim appealed to the striking NMA professionals to be calm as according to him, “everything is on track to find a lasting solution to the varied challenges in the sector.

At the closed door meeting, Mark reminded the doctors of the implications of the strike to the health of the citizens, if they continue.

Indications were that government complied with a reasonable number of their demands following which they resolved to brief their members before the final decision to call off the action.

But Dr. Obembe said he would not give the exact date and time when the strike would be called off until he reports back to other members of the association since according to him, “the meeting with the Senate President is very useful and successful.”

He added that “Unlike the notion in some quarters that the striking doctors abandoned the nation in this trying times of major Heath challenge on account of the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), 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 fatherland”.

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