Nigeria Medical Association Suspends 55 Days Old Strike Action, Directs All Medical and Dental Doctors to resume Work Monday 25th August.
By Festus Fifen
The Nigeria Medical Association NMA has suspended its 55 days old strike for negotiations to continue.
This was the outcome of the Emergency Delegates meeting of the Nigeria Medical association held on the 23rd of August 2014
Speaking at a press briefing in Abuja, the National President of NMA Dr. Lawrence Obembe said this was done in the interest of the public as the nation is currently facing national emergencies.
According to him, delegates decided to suspend the strike as a result of the current outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease, and the response to the disease burdens, sufferings and aspiration of Nigerians.
Dr. Obembe said that with the suspension of the strike, all medical and dental doctors are directed to resume duty at their working posts with effect from 8 am Monday 25th August 2014.
In his words, ” delegates demand immediate withdrawer of the government circular suspending the residency training Programme and sacking of over 16,000 resident Doctors who constitute about 70% Of Doctors’ workforce in Nigeria”
“The NMA urge the federal Government on its part to reciprocate her good will in ensuring that resident Doctors whose appointment were so terminated are reinstated immediately without any punitive measures.”
The NMA therefore mandates her state Ebola Monitoring Committees (SEMCs) to continue to liaise with their state Government to immediately set up emergency response teams for the prevention and treatment of any outbreak of Ebola Virus in their different states.
While commending the efforts of the federal government and it’s team for the efforts to contain the EVD so far, Dr. Obembe said that the NMA will not renege in her resolve and total support for the government in the effort to provide quality, affordable and accessible health services for the Nigerian People.
He therefore enjoin all all her members to remain calm while negotiations continue.