UPDATED: Nigerian doctors call off strike, to resume work Monday

The Nigerian Medical Association, NMA on Sunday suspended its 65-day strike action.

The president of the NMA, Kayode Obembe, told journalists in Abuja that during an emergency session, the association’s delegate resolved to suspend the strike because of the ongoing public health issues.

The doctors embarked on an indefinite strike on July 1.

Mr. Obembe said the strike is in the interest of the recent Ebola outbreak which has killed five people in Nigeria.

He said all Nigerian Medical doctors and dental doctors are expected to report to work by Monday at 8 am.

Mr. Obember said the delegates also resolved among others that the Federal Government withdraw the circular suspending the residency training programme.

On August 13, the Nigerian president, Goodluck Jonathan, through the Ministry of Health, sacked over 16, 000 resident doctors in Nigeria.

The resident doctors constitute about 70 per cent of doctor’s workforce in Nigerian government hospitals.

The NMA, in their condition to suspend the ongoing strike, demanded that the FG immediately recalls all the resident doctors without any punitive measure.

The association urged also mandated its State Emergency Ebola Monitoring Committee, SEMC, to continue to liaise with their state governments to immediately set up emergency response teams for the prevention and treatment of the disease.

Mr. Obembe asked all the association members to remain calm while negotiations with the FG continue.

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The Nigerian Medical Association [NMA] has suspended its 65- day  old strike action.

The body’s President,  Kayode Obembe,  told journalists the association’s delegates resolved to suspend the industrial action in the interest of the ongoing public health issues in the country (Ebola outbreak).

He said all Nigerian doctors are expected to report to work on Monday.

Mr. Obembe said the delegates also resolved among others that the Federal Government recall all suspended resident doctors without punitive measures.

Over 16, 000 resident doctors where suspended by the Federal Ministry of Health following a presidential directive.

More details later …

In the meantime, you can read the 24 reasons the doctors went on strike here.

 


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  • Paul bearer

    Too late, the ebola have been curtailed with ecolades from internationAl institution. U’ve been sleeping on bike.Now fed govt done win una

  • Luwa Daudah Dabeghi Michika

    Too late to cry when the head is cut off! FG don’t need you anymore.

  • Heck

    This is the worst of all strikes with HAMMER!…doctors are humbled!!!!

  • Cypo

    Honestly, too late, they have been humbled and disgraced. Besides, it is actually fear for the unknown that compelled to beat a retreat. After the suspension of residency training and termination of Resident Doctors contract fear entered their spines, hahahahahha.

  • BlackieUmukoro

    Shameful call off, without any pressure from anybody. They were humbled in their nuisance game and their grandstanding collapsed like a rotten pawpaw. Dare go on strike again, you will all be flogged. Adult deliquents

  • naija-go-beta

    These doctors are worse than boko haram… How many people have died since then… they urgently need neurological change

  • Enemona

    He’s both.

  • Paul bearer

    Are u a Dr, u beta hide ur face

  • Parrot

    Hummmmm,,,,,,,, after thought, why don`t you call off the strike before now until when you were tactically sacked by the government. Bunch of selfish and arrogant people.
    In a Civilize and developed society including small Islands of North and South Americas, that are not as rich and populous like Nigeria, Medical Doctors, Nurses, Police officers and Fire Fighters were regarded as ESSENTIAL Services/Provider that cannot embark on strike actions.
    GOD BLESS FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA.

  • Somi

    After 55 days they finally suspended the strike. Good they did though.