Shelve Your Planned Strike, FG Will Honour All Valid Agreements, Buhari Tells Doctors


President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Abuja urged the National

Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) to shelve its threatened strike

action and give the Federal Government more time to address the grievances

of  doctors.
Speaking at a meeting with the leadership of the Nigerian Medical

Association (NMA), President Buhari gave the doctors an assurance that no

agreements duly entered into by the Federal Government will be dishonoured

by his administration.
The President called for greater understanding and support from doctors

and all Nigerians in view of the present short fall in national revenue

brought about by the decline of crude oil prices.
Decrying the adverse impact of the fall in oil prices on the Federal

Government’s spending plans for health and other sectors, President Buhari

said that his administration will continue to do its best to address

issues that are of concern to doctors and other Nigerians.

The President also gave the NMA delegation an insight into his

administration’s plan to establish 10,000 primary healthcare centres

across the country in the next two years with the objective of providing

better healthcare for about 100 million Nigerians.
He also told the delegation led by NMA President, Dr. Kayode Obembe that

the National Health Act will soon be gazetted and a steering committee

appointed to oversee its implementation.
The Minister of Health , Prof. Isaac Adewole described the plan to

establish more healthcare centres as “the single most ambitious health

plan for the poor in the history of Nigeria”.

In his remarks at the meeting, Dr. Obembe called for the implementation of

the report of the Yayale Ahmed Committee on better relations among

professional groups in the health sector.
The NMA President also called for fast-tracking of the implementation of

the National Health Act.
At a separate meeting with the leadership of the Pharmaceutical Society of

Nigeria (PSN), President Buhari  promised that his administration will

evolve and implement measures to curb friction and disharmony among the

professional groups in the health sector.
The President urged the PSN to work more closely with the National Agency

for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to curb the sale of

fake medicines in the country.
The President of the PSN, Ahmed Ibrahim  Yakasai assured President Buhari

that pharmacists in Nigeria were ready to work in harmony with other

professionals in the health sector to help the Federal Government achieve

its objective of improving healthcare services in the country.

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