The Chairman of Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, FCT chapter, Dr Enema Amodu, on Sunday, pleaded with Federal Government to respond to the needs of health workers in the country.
He made the plea at a news conference in Abuja in response to the ongoing strike embarked upon by the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors, NARD.
The resident doctors went on strike on April 1 to press home their demand for upward review of their N5,000 hazard allowance, payment of outstanding COVID-19 inducement allowance, among others.
The branch chairman said NARD was on strike over unresolved issues, calling on the government to address the doctor’s grievances with all the seriousness it deserved.
Mr Amodu pointed out that NMA FCT is in support of the NARD strike, urging the government and those saddled with the responsibility of discussing with the union to take the matter seriously.
He said: “A lot of issues have been troubling us in the health sector. We want to use this opportunity to plead with the government to respond to the needs of health workers.
“To our patients, we are very sorry that you have to suffer this epileptic and irregular healthcare service delivery. We have taken an oath to take care of you.
“But if a doctor is not in sound state of mind, he or she is not happy with what he or she is getting from the job. The doctor may not be in a right frame of mind to discharge his duties well.
“We are not insensitive. We hope that government and those in charge of this discussion with NARD will take the matter seriously, with a view to settling the burning issues,” he submitted.