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Doctors vow to continue strike

09 July 2014, 10:24

Abuja -  After an  Emergency Delegates Meeting of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), which lasted till the early hours of Tuesday, the doctors voted for the continuation of the nationwide strike.

Dr Titus Ibekwe, the Vice-President of NMA said the doctors rejected the agreement with the government.

The doctors embarked on an indefinite strike on Tuesday, July 1.

Ibekwe said that a Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) was signed between the government and NMA on Thursday, July 3 but delegates at the  meeting rejected it.

"At the end of our emergency delegates meeting which ended at around 4.30a.m. today, the MoU was unanimously voted against by all the delegates from all the states in the federation.

"We, at the executive level, have to carry out this decision;  so, the strike continues,'' Ibekwe said.

Dr Jibril Abdullahi,  National President, Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), a body under the NMA, said that the association also had an emergency National Executive Council Meeting (NEC) on Monday

Abdullahi confirmed that at the emergency NEC and delegates meeting of NARD and NMA, members were not satisfied with the MoU.

The doctors had made a 24-point demand, including the appointment of four deputy chairmen, Medical Advisory Committee for Teaching Hospitals and establishment of three  Federal Medical Centres in the country.
Others are the appointment of only medical doctors as chief medical directors, relativity in the health sector, skipping of Grade Level 12 for medical and dental practitioners and reintegration of its members into the IPPIS platform.

The association also demanded increased  hazard and specialist allowances, budget for residency training, speedy passage of the Health Bill, appointment of a Surgeon-General of the Federation and universal health coverage, among others.

 - NAN

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