Dr. Osahon Enabulele, NMA, President
Urges doctors to call off strike
Following the ongoing three-day warning strike embarked upon by members of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) Thursday apologised to Nigerians.
It also urged NARD to call off the industrial action, which began on Wednesday. In a statement by its President and Secretary-General respectively, Dr. Osahon Enabulele and Dr. Akpufuoma Pemu, said having reviewed the issues in dispute and having initiated measures to correct the perceived anomalies with verifiable positive outcomes, NMA was embarrassed by this industrial action.
“NMA therefore apologises to the entire nation for the hurt and the avoidable deaths and health complications that could result from this strike action by NARD,” it said. “It should be recalled that at its National Health Summit held in Asaba in January 2013, convened by the association, Nigerian doctors resolved without equivocation to banish the evils of embarking on strikes at the slightest provocation without allowing for exploration of constructive and peaceful means for dispute resolution,” the association added.
“NMA therefore restates that whereas its affiliate bodies (of which NARD is one of the seven recognised affiliate bodies of NMA) are at liberty to pursue their aspirations without trepidation, it warns, however, that the NMA would not withhold applying the strongest sanctions on any erring affiliate body or individual member for violating the extant laws/constitutional provisions of the association or for bringing the association/ medical profession to public disrepute or for the blatant disregard for its fundamental principles, values and her mandate to protect the health of Nigerians.”
According to the statement, the NMA had enough internal mechanisms/organs for exhaustive exploration by affiliate bodies and all her members.
“The NMA once more through this forum advises the leadership of NARD to consider all appeals from various quarters to call off the strike
to allow for a well articulated, constructive and mature engagement with the relevant offices of government,” it stated.
“Finally, we appeal to the federal government to correct the observed budgetary shortfall and apply all necessary administrative sanctions to any erring head of health institution.”
NMA “profoundly” appreciated the President Goodluck Jonathan-led federal government through the Federal Ministry of Health for restoring the overseas clinical training for doctors, her resolve to institute for the first time a special budget for residency training, and other training initiative