Reporting on Previous news concerning the Doctor’s strike which commenced on the 2nd of August, 2021.
The Federal Government has urged the members and leadership of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) to end their strike and come to an agreement with the Federal Government through dialogue.
This was disclosed by the Minister of State for Health, Dr Olurunnimbe Mamora at the opening ceremony of the 2021 Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), FCT chapter, on Tuesday in Abuja.
The Minister added that the FG opening discussions with NARD would enable Nigerians also have access to healthcare during these times.
The Minister said;
“I encourage you to ensure industrial peace in the health sector so that citizens can reap maximum benefits from your efforts.
He then goes on to say there was no better time and opportunity for him to appeal to the doctors to return to the negotiating tables and get everything sorted out.
“In saying this, there cannot be a
better time and opportunity for me to appeal to doctors who are currently on strike.
“My appeal is that they return to the negotiating table so that whatever outstanding issues can be sorted out. That is my passionate appeal to all our colleagues.
“Even in times of war, the combatants at the end of the day come to the roundtable for amicable resolution of issues. That is my appeal to our colleagues all over the country who are currently engaged in the strike for the benefit of our people,” he added.
Mamora also reiterated Federal Government’s commitment to addressing emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, including efforts to expand healthcare coverage in the country.
He added that President Muhammadu Buhari is taking all necessary steps to strengthen Nigeria’s preparedness and response to emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases through the provision of medical infrastructure.
The minister revealed that primary healthcare facilities which were the closest to communities had become the weakest links in the healthcare delivery system due to their ineffectiveness to provide services needed.
He said, “government is, therefore, making efforts toward changing this undesirable narrative. The National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, in collaboration with stakeholders has developed simple messages to aid infectious disease detection.
“This will be done at the community level and the primary healthcare workers have been trained on clinical case detection. This capacity building is an ongoing and continuous process.”