Senate President Mediates in FG, Doctors' Impasse


President of the Senate, Senator David Mark on Sunday night met with the leadership of the  striking Nigeria Medical Association(NMA) during which he pleaded with them to end the industrial action  in the interest of the citizens.

Senator Mark reminded the striking Doctors of their strategic roles in the life of citizens saying that they cannot continue to look the other way when Nigerians who depends on them  for medical care faces Heath challenges.

Besides, Senator Mark was of the view  that the out break of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) now a national emergency is enough reason  for them to suspend the strike and rise up to the challenge of saving their country men and women.

He said Government is not insensitive to their demands but the situation at the moment calls for patriotism on their parts in the interest of our people.

Senator Mark however promised to table their grievances before the President Goodluck Jonathan – led executive arm of government  in order to find solutions to them.

The President of NMA Dr. Kayode Obembe  who led members of executive to the meeting, listed their grievances to include but not limited to  improved hazard allowance for medical and Heath workers,  about 10 months unpaid areas as well as appointment of Surgeon- General of the federation .

Above all, Dr. Obembe is asking for the immediate reversal of the Federal Government's  sacking of over 16,000 resident Doctors as a basis for further negotiation with them.

Obembe  maintained that Doctors are not insensitive to the current Heath challenges on account of the outbreak of  EVD but  “We are demanding that  government should do the needful  to improve health care services in the country .”

The NMA  meeting with the Senate President reconvenes  on Tuesday (19/08/14) when both parties would report progress on the way out of the logjam.

Signed :
Paul Mumeh, Chief Press Secretary to the President of the Senate.

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