Trouble For Patients As Doctors Begin Strike On Tuesday

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Hospitals in the country may be thrown into chaos if doctors in the country go ahead with their planned indefinite strike action.
Following the alleged refusal of the Federal Government to meet their demands, doctors under the umbrella body of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), the Association have decided to embark on an indefinite strike commencing from today.
The Association however noted that issuance of circular on their demands for restoration of sustainable sanity in patient care in Nigerian hospitals will end the strike.
They might also be joined in the strike by  Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria, MDCAN, who had threatened to join the NMA strike should the government fail in addressing their issues.
NMA decision to embark on the strike to drive home their 24-point demands was reached at its Emergency Delegate Meeting at the weekend.
The association had earlier in June issued the Federal Government a 14-day ultimatum in an open letter to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) dated 11th June, with the heading “Minimum End Point for Restoration of Sustainable Sanity in Patient Care in Nigerian Hospitals”.
Announcing the strike action yesterday at a Press conference in Abuja, NMA  President,  Dr. Kayode Obembe explained that their gentle approach was taken for granted and hence are left with no other choice.
The Association however noted that issuance of circular on their demands for restoration of sustainable sanity in patient care in Nigerian hospitals will end the strike.
Dr. Obembe said, “The NMA is taking this painful route because our silence and gentle approach to these contending issues have been taken for granted.
“We have to take this action in order to save the health care delivery system from anarchy that is palpably imminent.
“We hereby appeal to all Nigerians for their understanding and to press on Government to meet with our demands to avoid the strike, which is scheduled to start on the 1st July.
Some of their demands are;
“One of our demands is increment of hazard allowance to at least N100,000. Presently the hazard allowance is N5000 and we see it as ridiculously low and insulting.”
The body had earlier frowned against Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) circular directing doctors to get clearance on the importation of medical equipment from the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN), who had also at the weekend asked Nigerian NMA to go to court if they are not satisfied with the directive on importation of In -Vitro Diagnostics (IVDs) equipment.
Also, the headship of teaching hospitals and medical centers have been an  issue between the doctors and other health workers who are clamoring for the post to be open to all those working within the sector, a position the doctors are not ready to compromise.