Following the strike by resident doctors in the country, the federal ministry of health has asked chief medical directors and managing directors of federal tertiary hospitals to start using consultants and doctors on the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme for routine services.
According to The Nation newspaper, the directive was given in a statement issued by the minister of health, Osagie Ehanire in Abuja on Wednesday, September 9. Ehanire pleaded with the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) to call off the strike, reminding them that the primary duty of doctors was to save lives. He said the time of the strike was ill-timed, taking into consideration the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. The minister stated that the doctors should have exercised patience since most of their demands have been met, while others are in the process of being implemented. “I call on the NARD to return to work and engage the Federal Government in completing the ongoing due process of implementing the MoU between NARD and government,” he said.
Following the failure of the government to meet their requests, the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), on Monday, September 7, commenced a nationwide “indefinite strike” to press home their demand. Premium Times reported that Aliyu Sokomba, the NARD president, who confirmed this development via a telephone call said the doctors decided to embark on strike due to the government’s failure to meet their requests. Kogi guber: In another news, the federal government has been issued a note of warning against using Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine without confirmation through clinical tests and trials. This warning came from the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), which stated that it must undergo further testing before it is administered on Nigerian citizens, Leadership reported. The president of the association, Prof Innocent Ujah, said the efficacy of the said vaccine has to be tested before it can be used on members of the public.