The Federal Government of Nigeria has taken a tough steps Wednesday by asking the Management officials of Federal Tertiary Hospitals across the country to replace striking doctors with Corps Members in helping the fight against coronavirus pandemic that has bedeviled human kind.
According to a statement by the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, its high time well-meaning medical professionals should close ranks and confront the common enemy, which is the COVID-19 pandemic threatening mankind.
The Minister of State for Health, Olorunnimbe Mamora further said that the Federal Government is committed to the welfare of health workers in the country.
Speaking when he appeared on a Television Programme the Minister said: “We have been able to disburse close to N20 billion and I repeat close to N20 billion. So, to now say nothing has been done, that is not true”.
It could be recalled that the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) had embarked on a nationwide strike on Monday over the non-payment of their COVID-19 hazard allowance and other demands.
In Ehanire’s words: “We must remember that the primary duty of doctors and all health workers is to save lives. Embarking on a strike in this time that the country is battling with the COVID-19 pandemic is ill-timed and ill-advised.
“It is a critical time in which all well-meaning medical professionals should close ranks and confront the common enemy, which is the COVID-19 pandemic threatening mankind.