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Use Corps members to replace Striking Doctors – Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire.

The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, has directed the Chief Medical Directors and Managing Directors of the Federal tertiary hospitals to right away replace striking resident doctors in their hospitals with consultants and doctors on the National Youth Service Corps.

Resident doctors in Nigeria commenced an indefinite strike on Monday, September 7 over the Federal government's failure to satisfy their demands which incorporates payment of COVID-19 allowances among other demands. Read here.

In a statement released today Wednesday, September 9, Ehanire said the strike embarked by the doctors at a time when the country was battling the COVID-19 pandemic is ill-timed and ill-advised.

lt is with deep concern that l view the continued strike by the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors which commenced yesterday (Tuesday) September 7, 2020.

We must remember that the first duty of doctors and all doctors is to save lots of lives. Embarking on a strike during this time that the country is battling with the COVlD-19 pandemic is ill-timed and ill-advised.

lt may be a critical time during which all well-meaning medical professionals should close ranks and confront the common enemy, which is that the COVlD-I9 pandemic threatening mankind.

This is therefore one strike too many. Besides, most of the demands are met and others though difficult, are at a complicated stage of implementation. a little patience would have made a big difference.

The Federal Ministry of Health finds it necessary to make sure measures are put in situ to mitigate the effect of this strike on the generality of our populace by directing the CMDs/MDs of our federal tertiary hospitals to instantly do the following: COVlD-19 treatment outlets should still function as before.

Emergency services should still run as before. Routine services should be maintained with Consultants, NYSC Doctors. Locum staffers to be brought in when and where necessary to forestall services disruption when applicable and affordable. ''

Ehanire also called on the striking resident doctors to return to office

''I call on the NARD to return to work and engage the federal government in completing the ongoing due process of law of implementing the MoU between NARD and government.

I wish to assure the overall public that measures are put in situ to make sure that they still access services at all our federal tertiary hospitals across the country.” the statement read.

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