NARD Strike: Ehanire orders Consultants, NYSC doctors,  locum staff members to maintain routine services

In order to avert a total collapse of the healthcare in public hospitals, occasioned by the action of  National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), to go on a strike, Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has directed consultants, NYSC doctors and locum staff members to continue with routine services.
The directive was contained on a statement issued Tuesday by Ehanire before the intervention by the Federal Government on Wednesday through the Minister of Labor and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige.
The statement by Ehanire reads: “lt is with deep concern that l view the ongoing strike by the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors which commenced yesterday (Tuesday) September 7, 2020.
“We must remember that the primary duty of doctors and all health workers is to save lives. Embarking on a strike in this time that the country is battling with the COVlD-19 pandemic is ill-timed and ill-advised.

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

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

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

“Emergency services should continue to 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.

“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.

“I wish to assure the general public that measures have been put in place to ensure that they continue to access services at all our federal tertiary hospitals across the country.”

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