Doctors Are Not To Go On Strike In Any Circumstance – Ngige

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The Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, has condemned the spate of strikes in the health sector, describing it as inimical to the oath of medical profession.
Ngige said this at the opening of this year’s Annual General Meeting and scientific session of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), FCT Chapter, on Tuesday in Abuja.
Making reference to the medical doctors, Ngige said incessant strike was against the oath they swore to when they were inducted into the profession.
He added that the past government did not do well with regards to meeting agreements on remuneration, welfare, among others, in the profession.
He, however, said that there should be room for bargaining rather than endangering the lives of patients.
He then urged the NMA to look for a better way of resolving the lingering crisis in the sector so as to reduce the rate of strikes.
The minister said that in most cases, it was the patients that suffer the consequences and appealed to them to make the health of patients as their priority as enshrined in the oath of secrecy.
Ngige quoted some portion of the oath to remind the doctors which says “my patient will be my first consideration.
“I will not permit consideration of age, disease or disability, creed, ethnic origin, gender, nationality, political, race, $exual orientation or social standing to intervene between my duty and my patient.’’

The minister explained that “taking into consideration these provisions, you are not supposed to proceed on strike as a medical professional in any circumstance.’’
Responding, Dr Zara Mairami, the Chairman, FCT NMA, attributed the bane of poor healthcare facilities, the lack of universal health coverage, among others, to medical tourism outside the country.
Mairami explained that by right, every Nigerian was supposed to have access to quality healthcare services at an affordable rate, adding, however, that “the reverse was the case.’’
Making reference to the theme of the event “Universal Health Coverage: An Enduring Concept’’, she explained that if there was no universal health coverage for everyone, there was virtually no way every common man could access healthcare.
According to her, healthcare must be accessible by all, especially the poor in rural areas who could not afford it.
She said “if healthcare is accessible, the issue of medical tourism will be highly reduced.
“If we have the kind of facilities which other countries have, and have the requisite manpower that can boast of adequate welfare and job security, people will stay back home and access healthcare because they are sure to get the best.
“We all will then be sure of universal health if our hospitals are improved and everything is of best practice.’’

13 Comments
  1. Samson sinda auta says

    I wonder for them, well the fact still remain that as human being we will never be ok. Even you wey they talk…you no they clean ooooooo.

  2. Olabiwonnu Abiodun says

    Yes i agree with you…because life is in their hands also

  3. Sanni lateef says

    incessant strike was against the oath they swore to when they were inducted into the profession

    1. Mojeed Olopade says

      and here they are, risking the lives of people

  4. Olagunju Opeyemi says

    You are right but don’t you think it’s not normal to e working without salaries being paid, it can break any vow

  5. Ogunleke teslim opeyemi says

    That’s not entirely applicable. People taking cares of unwell individuals should also be taken good care of.

  6. Jonathan kefas says

    I think he has a point here, but they are also humans like the other workers

  7. Adeniyi Abubakar Deji says

    Am sure they won’t if you give them their needs .

    1. Mojeed Olopade says

      thats why we are campaining against doctors strike

  8. Adeniyi Muhammad Adebayo says

    Let’s just hope they don’t go to strike again

  9. Yusuf Abdulhamid Dangogo says

    Hope they will just listen to you then. Let’s see

  10. Mojeed Olopade says

    its so ridiculous happening in Nigeria

  11. OLUWAFEMI MOJISOLA says

    okay i get it, we know that it just isn’t right for doctors to go on strike, okay fine , if you don’t want them to go on strike since people die everyday people get sick everyday, THEN PAY THEM THEIR FUCKING SALARIES

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