The Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, has welcomed the reinstatement of over 16,000 doctors sacked by the government, and the reversal of a ban on the doctors’ residency training.
The National President of the NMA, Kayode Obembe, applauded government’s decision when he announced the development to members of the association during an Executive Council meeting in Awka.
He said the action of the federal government was a welcome development, adding that the association had been hopeful that government would reverse its decision after the suspension was announced.
“The Minister of Health has withdrawn the sack letters issued to our members with effect from August 28.
“This will go a long way in strengthening our resolve to help meet the medical needs of the nation as we have been working to provide a visible solution to contain the deadly Ebola virus,” he said.
The Chairman of the association’s Anambra branch, Eric Anazodo, also hailed the development, saying it was a step in the right direction.
Mr. Anazodo said the meeting was held to enable members find ways to assist the ministry contain the Ebola virus disease.
While maintaining the association’s resolve to deliver the best medical practice to patients, the chairman urged government to assist in finding ways to resolve the crisis that led to the strike.
The three-day executive meeting will end on Sunday.
Also, the immediate past president of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, Osahon Enabulele lauded the Federal Government for reversing the suspension of the residency training.
In a statement Friday, Mr. Osahon commended President Goodluck Jonathan for “listening to the voices of reason”.
“I received with gladness the news in the media of the presidential directive reversing the ill-advised suspension of the Residency Training Program (RTP) and sack of 16,000 Resident doctors in Nigeria.
“I commend President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCFR for listening to the voices of reason by his statesmanly decision to unconditionally reverse the Federal Government’s earlier ill-advised directive to suspend the RTP and sack 16, 000 Resident doctors” he stated.
He however urged the government to adopt more positive approaches in resolving challenges in the country’s health sector.
He also called on the government to respect all agreements reached with the NMA.
“I urge the Federal Government to adopt in the future more positive, objective and statesmanly approaches towards resolving the challenges befuddling Nigeria’s health sector, in a way that promotes constructive engagement, best practices and professionalism.
“While I hope that this latest directive of the President will be immediately communicated to the various Chief Medical Directors and Medical Directors of Nigeria’s Federal Tertiary Health Institutions for immediate unconditional implementation, I sincerely urge the Federal Government to honestly and responsibly respect all past and present agreements she willingly signed with the Nigerian Medical Association” he said.