19 August 2014

Nigeria: Mark Meets Leaders of Striking Doctors

Photo: UNMIL
Doctor performing an operation (file photo).

Senate President David Mark on Sunday night met with the leadership of the striking Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) during which he pleaded with them to end the more than one month old industrial action in the interest of the citizens.

A statement issued by his spokesman Paul Mumeh said Senator Mark reminded the striking doctors of their strategic roles in the life of citizens saying that they cannot continue to look the other way when Nigerians who depends on them for medical care are facing heath challenges.

Besides, Senator Mark was of the view that the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), now a national emergency, is enough reason for them to suspend the strike and rise up to the challenge of saving their country men and women.

He said government is not insensitive to their demands but the situation at the moment calls for patriotism on their parts.

Senator Mark however promised to table their grievances before the President Goodluck Jonathan - led executive arm of government in order to find solutions to them.

The President of NMA Dr. Kayode Obembe who led members of executive to the meeting listed their grievances to include but not limited to improved hazard allowance for medical and health workers, about 10 months unpaid arrears as well as appointment of Surgeon-General of the federation.

Dr. Obembe however, asked for the immediate reversal of the Federal Government's sacking of over 16,000 resident doctors as a basis for further negotiation with them.

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