Abuja - Osahon Enabulele, the National President, Nigerian Medical
Association (NMA), on Sunday said doctors in public hospitals would end
their five-day warning strike and resume duty on Monday.
Enabulele, in a statement in Lagos, said that all doctors in the
public health sector would resume full services with effect from 8.00
a.m. on December 23.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the NMA had on December15 directed its members to embark on the nationwide strike.
The action is to protest against the doctors’ poor working
conditions, inadequate funding, and poor infrastructure in the nation’s
"NMA wishes to inform the general public that doctors in the public health sector will resume services from December 23.
"This is in line with our earlier promise to give prime consideration
to the Yuletide season in the prosecution of our warning strike.
"Also, to give another opportunity for the Federal Government to
concretely resolve all the demands of NMA for which it first issued a
21-day ultimatum on September 2," he said.
Enabulele also called on the Federal Government to ensure that the demands of doctors were met.
"Nigerian doctors shall not hesitate to commence a full blown strike
from 8.00 a.m. on January 6, 2014, if government does not satisfactorily
resolve the demands of doctors.
"We fervently call on all well-meaning Nigerians to assist in the resolution of the demands of the NMA.
The demand includes appropriate funding of Nigeria’s healthcare
system, expansion of universal health coverage to cover all Nigerians
and health infrastructure upgrade.
Activities in all the government-owned hospitals nationwide were paralysed during the five-day strike by medical doctors.
In Lagos, NAN reports that the strike paralysed activities in all the
facilities as consultants and resident doctors were unavailable to
attend to hundreds of patients who thronged the hospitals.