Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari has urged the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) to shelve its proposed strike and give the Federal Government time to address the grievances of doctors.
He made the call at a meeting with the leadership of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) at the State House, Abuja.
Buhari, in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, gave the doctors an assurance that no agreements duly entered into by the Federal Government would be dishonoured by his administration.
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He called for greater understanding and support from doctors and Nigerians in view of the present short fall in national revenue brought about by the declining crude oil prices.
The President also gave the NMA delegation an insight into his administration’s plan to establish 10 000 primary healthcare centres across the country in the next two years with the objective of providing better healthcare for about 100 million Nigerians.
He also told the delegation led by NMA President, Dr. Kayode Obembe that the National Health Act will soon be gazetted and a steering committee appointed to oversee its implementation.
- News 24