9 July 2014

Nigeria: Senate Moves to End Doctors' Strike

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Hospitals are short-staffed and as doctors strike.

The Senate yesterday moved to end the ongoing industrial action embarked upon by members of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) which began last week.

Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health Senator Ifeanyi Okowa (PDP, Delta), who disclosed this during yesterday's session, said his committee has since waded into the matter with a view to ending the strike.

He said his committee members summoned an emergency meeting with the national executive of the NMA towards resolving the dispute.

Okowad said that the doctors demanded that certain circulars should be issued by the Federal ministry of health before they could go back to provide emergency services at the hospitals, which has been complied with by the ministry.

He said they talked to the doctors on the need to call off the strike to enable further dialogue with the government and prevent casualties in the hospitals.

The lawmaker also said the committee could not meet with the Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu over the issue because he travelled abroad for official engagement.

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the plenary, appealed to the doctors to consider the plight of patients and go back to work.

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