‎Resident Doctors’ Strike: Health Minister directs hospital heads, NYSC members, others to fill vacuum

National Hospital, Abuja
National Hospital, Abuja

‎Following the industrial action embarked upon by the National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, on Monday, the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has directed heads of federal government hospitals to ensure that all other medical doctors in the other strata are available to fill the vacuum.

The resident doctors are post graduate doctors on training at secondary and tertiary health institutions in Nigeria especially teaching hospitals.

They are also under the employment of the federal government during their residency training

The resident doctors, however, began a total and indefinite industrial action on Monday in order to get the government to agree to their demands.

This is not the first time the resident doctors would be embarking on nationwide strike this year on same demands, with the government negotiating with them and promising to implement some of their demands.

However, the association has claimed those demands have not been met. The strike could cripple the smooth running of health activities at secondary and tertiary healthcare sector because the resident doctors are majorly the first point of medical call for patients in the hospitals.

In response to this expected outcome, the minister has directed the medical directors and the chief medical directors of federal government owned hospitals to ensure that consultants and Youth Corps doctors as well as doctors on internship are on duty to provide health services at the hospitals in order to ensure there is no break in healthcare services.

The minister assured all Nigerians that the federal government’s health facilities will be open and render services to the people while the government continues to dialogue with the resident doctors to return to work.

“Arrangements are also on to make use of Armed Forces, Police and Federal Road Safety Health Facilities, he said.

Mr. Adewole, however, expressed optimism that the problem will be resolved soon as the warring parties are expected to meet again on Wednesday.

A statement released by the health ministry on Monday stated that the government needs time to address the concerns of the doctors.

According to Mr. Adewole, “It is hoped that more progress would have been made in reaching a consensus in all the issues being discussed.”


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  • Frank Bassey

    The doctors should insist on this strike and must not resume until ALL their demands are met. Anyone who does not like it can fly to London for medical treatment. Period.

    • Iyanda

      what goes round comes round. Their parents and family will also suffer from this strike by Gods grace. They are among the best paid civil servants in Nigeria. Most of them don’t work as they should, the prioritize their private practice and some also own private clinics.
      Sad for Nigeria.

      • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

        Yes definitely. My late mother was a victim of this madness.

      • Frank Bassey

        Let’s all suffer it, since our leaders prefer foreign medical treatment to equipping our own hospitals, and Nigerians are trooping the street celebrating hypocritical leadership. If you see the doctors as gold-diggers, what do you say about our Civil Servants who are richer than many states, with little work of value?

    • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

      I hope non of your family will need emergency attention,then perhaps you will know the consequence of your ill informed vituperation.