The Senate President, David Mark, has appealed to Nigeria’s striking medical doctors to see the outbreak of the Ebola virus in Nigeria as a national emergency and resume work.
Mr. Mark made the call in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Paul Mumeh, in Abuja on Friday.
He advised the striking doctors to put aside whatever grievances or misgivings they had with government and return to duty to save the situation as a demonstration of their patriotism.
According to him, if the doctors do not call of the strike, they would have betrayed their noble profession and done a disservice to humanity.
The senate president also reminded the doctors of the Hippocratic oath they swore to, saying their primary duty was to save patients’ lives before other considerations.
Mr. Mark, in the statement, recalled part of the modern Hippocratic oath written in 1964, which states: “I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.
“I will remember that I remain a member of society with special obligation to all my fellow human beings; those sound of mind and body as well as infirm”.
He, however, said no one was opposed to the doctors’ demands, adding that they were genuine and reasonable.
The senate president expressed optimism that the Federal Government would also do the needful and address their (doctors) grievances.
He added that government officials nevertheless needed to be alive to be able to sort out the doctors’ complaints.
He also enjoined all citizens to constantly practice good personal hygiene to halt the possible spread of the disease.
Mr. Mark further directed the Senate Committee on Health to collaborate with the Federal Ministry of Health and other health institutions in the fight against Ebola disease.
He said that the National Assembly was treating the Ebola case as a national emergency and had in the mean time embarked on sensitisation programme on the matter.