The House of Representatives has waded into the face-off between the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and the Federal Ministry of Health.
In order to broker peace between the two warring parties, the House has mandated its Committee on Health intervene in the industrial crisis.
The committee is to report the outcome of the intervention to the House within an week.
The resolution of the House was based on a motion moved under matters of urgent national importance by the Minority Whip, Hon. Samson Osagie (APC,Edo).
Osagie while moving the motion titled: ‘urgent need to resolve the crisis in the health sector’ appealed to the NMA and its members to call off the current strike action ” in view of the critical and fundamental nature of their calling to the lives of the citizenry.”
The lawmaker also enjoined the Federal Government “to do everything possible as a matter of utmost urgency to have this crisis abated in the interest of the citizens of this country.”
He further said: “From the NMA perspective, a number of issues, including the appointment of surgeon-general for the federation, payment of hazard allowances to doctors, retirement age of doctors, expansion of the NHIS (National Health Insurance Scheme) to cover a wider spectrum of the society among others are also some of the issues that the National Assembly (has) passed resolutions on,”
According to him, given the very critical state of insecurity in Nigeria,
Nigerians stand a very huge risk during emergencies, if medical services are not made available.