Abuja - The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Abuja on Sunday announced
the suspension its plan for its members to embark on an indefinite
strike from Monday.
The President of NMA, Dr Osahon Enabulele, said in a statement that
the strike was suspended to allow for full implementation of all
elements of the agreement between the association and the government
within set time lines.
"Some of the welcome developments in the implementation of the MoU
reached between the NMA and the Federal Government of Nigeria include
the decision by the Federal Government to redress the gross injustice
done to doctors.
Others are the "establishment of a Hospital Development and
Intervention Fund for health infrastructure upgrade, appointment of a
Surgeon-General of the Federation and expansion of Universal Health
Coverage,’’ Enabulele said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the association had
embarked on a five-day warning strike from 18 December to 22 December 2013, over the
It had announced a plan to proceed on an indefinite strike from 6 January if its demands were not met.
The association had demanded proper funding of health care in
Nigeria, provision of a regulatory environment for practice in the
health sector and the expansion of universal health facilities to cover
Others demands are the upgrade of health infrastructure, elimination
of fundamental injustices done to doctors in terms of workplace
conditions/conditions of service as well as other health sector
"The NMA convened an emergency National Executive Council meeting in
Abuja on Saturday, 4 January to reappraise the efforts made so far to meet
"The resolve to suspend the strike is as a result of the possible
impact of the withdrawal of services by medical and dental practitioners
in Nigeria on ordinary Nigerians,’’ he said.
Enabulele also acknowledged ``several honest appeals made by
well-meaning people of Nigeria and our friends in the fourth estate of
the realm for more time to be given by NMA for dialogue with
He applauded the ongoing efforts and commitment of President Jonathan to address some of the association’s demands.