Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Doctors Threaten to Shut Down Health Sector

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) yesterday said there is "imminent collapse of services" across the nation's health sector due to Government's refusal to improve the working conditions of doctors.

A statement issued by the association's president Dr Osahon Enabulele, said that the minister of health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu should be held responsible for any crisis that erupts in the health sector.

According to him, for over five months now, the NMA constantly engaged the federal government through the Federal Ministry of Health, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, on issues bordering some health sector challenges, workplace conditions and the conditions of service of doctors.

He said all efforts have resulted in a stalemate.

The statement said: "on account of the foregoing, it may be difficult to guarantee further extension of the grace period and consequently, industrial harmony in the health sector, especially as the December 14, 2013 deadline issued to the Federal Government to concretely resolve the demands of the NMA draws closer."

Enabulele said based on the understanding reached following the intervention of the minister of Labour and Productivity, Chief Emeka Wogu, the NMA decided to extend her ultimatum by four weeks at her emergency National Executive Council (NEC) meeting held in Abuja on September 22.

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