Health Minister, Prof. Isaac Adewole has directed chief medical directors and medical directors of Federal Government tertiary health institutions to fill the vacancies created by resident Doctors who failed to report to work.
This is against the backdrop of the nationwide strike embarked upon by the National Association Resident Doctor (NARD), on Monday, June 20.
The demands of the Association, the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) under the auspices of the Nigerian Medical Association range from remuneration, injustice, and enrolment of members into IPPIS, the lack of funding for residency training, victimisation of members by managements of hospitals, among others.
The NARD President, Dr Mohammed Askira in a statement stated that the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) failed to attend the meeting convened by the Speaker of National Assembly on June 14, which he noted was geared toward addressing the doctors’ demands.
He added “NARD had to painstakingly wait till the one week period of Ordinary General Meeting (OGM) in Jos before a final action was streamlined. “This strike did not only become necessary but inevitable, going by the gross levity shown by the FMoH in handling our legitimate demands.
“Luckily, the Speaker of the National Assembly swiftly intervened and appealed for a week’s grace before the nationwide action which was graciously granted. “However, the June 14 meeting could not hold because the leadership of the FMoH was not able to attend. “Consequently, therefore, we are now forced to embark on this avoidable indefinite nationwide strike.
Askira then urged the Association members to ensure 100 per cent compliance, describing their demands as cutting across all doctors in institutions.