Asaba — The Asagba of Asaba, HRM Obi Chike Edozien, has lambasted the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), saying it is inhuman for the body to go on total strike.
He also posited that medical doctor may not necessarily be the head of a hospital as demanded by NMA, agreeing that a Surgeon General of the Federation must be a medical doctor.
The Asagba, medical doctor of repute, spoke at the weekend on the occasion of the celebration of his 89th birthday. He condemned what he described as "the total strike action", saying even if they chose to go on strike, because their job involves saving of lives, they should have put in place skeletal services for patients.
On the issues of who becomes a consultant, he said consultancy is not restricted to only medical doctors, as he said it cuts across, depending on what profession one belongs.
"Doctors have the right to restrict or withdraw their services if they feel dissatisfied with their condition of service. Even if they chose to go on strike, because their job involves saving of lives, they should have put in place skeletal services for patients. It is inhuman to go on strike and deny patients health services.
"It is the practice in most developed countries that the head of medical services should be a medical doctor. Many people are involved in health services in a hospital and the medical doctor is the head.
"But a medical doctor may not necessarily be the head of a hospital. In some countries, the Minister of Health is a medical doctor while in most others he is not. When it comes to delivery of health services, the Surgeon General, who is a doctor, is the head."