Resident doctors meeting deadlocked as strike continues

The minister of health, prof. Isaac Adewole and the minister of Labour and employment, Chris Ngige during the meeting with resident doctors, in Abuja on Wednesday.
The minister of health, prof. Isaac Adewole and the minister of Labour and employment, Chris Ngige during the meeting with resident doctors, in Abuja on Wednesday.

‎The meeting of the executives of the National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, has been deadlocked.

The meeting was called to review government’s offers to the striking doctors with a view to call off the strike.

The meeting, which started at 11 p.m. in Abuja ended at 7 a.m. for a break.

PREMIUM TIMES observed at the venue of the meeting that the doctors argued all night. Some of them wanted the strike suspended while others wanted it to continue until the federal government meets all their demands.

After the break, the president of the association left the venue, reportedly to the health ministry to get a guarantee letter that could influence their decision.

The meeting is to reconvene‎ at 10 a.m.

The strike, which commenced last week, has crippled activities at public hospitals across Nigeria.


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  • Kenny

    PMB is failing woefully across all segments of our nation-building enterprise! Am as disappointed as millions of Nigerians! !

    • Frank Bassey

      No, he is not failing. His adherents would argue that he is fighting corruption. The truth is that the man receives his medical treatment abroad; his children are also schooling abroad. But the ‘Buharists’ maintain that he is Nigeria’s only saviour.

  • Konkolo

    The strike is very irrelevant to the government because they government officials hardly use their services. If it was a strike by Indian;UK; Germany; or USA, the government would have hurriedly yeilded to the doctors’ demands. Poor man has been sentenced to death by our callous, insensitive and very corrupt leaders. Nothing except the sharing of loot works in Nigeria.

  • Timothy

    Please can anyone tell me why these people are on strike. Is it for better pay or better hospitals or better doctors? The entire system will fail eventually because these people are not addressing the core issues. The FG on its part is either too scared or too dubious to face realities. Thats where the restructuring will address these issues. FG should hands off hospitals, state govt should own these hospitals and maybe sell off to private individuals. These hospitals (govt owned) are making a killing because everyday people go to hospitals for one problem of the other, even if its just get a patient card (N500 in some cases) with the thousands that flood the hospitals its a lot of money. FG has too many responsibilities and should delegate some of these responsibilities to the states and give them more resources. And that includes education and health. Akwa Ibom state governor Akpabio said he built the state-of-the-art hospital and still went abroad for medical check up…is that not laughable? If the FG hands-off health and give it to states, strike will only affect those states who can not pay their workers and not the entire country. That means the people of the states will take the fight to the state governors and not the FG and where the state cannot afford to take care of its citizens then it has failed. FG should be worried about policies that encourages security, unity and economy. Not education and health or even road construction. Give it to the states FG and have your peace. Dissolve the lazy civil service commission and hold only the ones that generate money for the country. PERIOD. The more this lingers the more we will breed corruption and spreading it to our upcoming youths.