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Nigerian Doctors Suspend Warning Strike; Hospitals Opens On Monday

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December 23, 2013 – Nigerian Medical Doctors Call Off Warning Strike; Hospitals Opens On Monday

The National President, Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr Osahon Enabulele on Sunday said doctors in public hospitals would end their five-day warning strike and resume duty on Monday.
Enabulele, in a statement in Lagos, said that all doctors in the public health sector would resume full services with effect from 8.00 a.m. on Dec. 23.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the NMA had on Dec.15 directed its members to embark on the nationwide strike.

The action is to protest against the doctors’ poor working conditions, inadequate funding, and poor infrastructure in the nation’s health sector.

“NMA wishes to inform the general public that doctors in the public health sector will resume services from Dec. 23.

“This is in line with our earlier promise to give prime consideration to the Yuletide season in the prosecution of our warning strike.

“Also, to give another opportunity for the Federal Government to concretely resolve all the demands of NMA for which it first issued a 21-day ultimatum on Sept. 2,” he said.
Enabulele also called on the Federal Government to ensure that the demands of doctors were met.

“Nigerian doctors shall not hesitate to commence a full blown strike from 8.00 a.m. on Jan. 6, 2014, if government does not satisfactorily resolve the demands of doctors.
“We fervently call on all well-meaning Nigerians to assist in the resolution of the demands of the NMA.

The demand includes appropriate funding of Nigeria’s healthcare system, expansion of universal health coverage to cover all Nigerians and health infrastructure upgrade.
Activities in all the government-owned hospitals nationwide were paralysed during the five-day strike by medical doctors.

In Lagos, NAN reports that the strike paralysed activities in all the facilities as consultants and resident doctors were unavailable to attend to hundreds of patients who thronged the hospitals.




  1. Dupri James

    December 23, 2013 at 2:28 AM

    This is a very dumb move by the resident doctors imagine how many patient would have died

  2. lade

    December 23, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    doctors,please remember the solidary oath you took as a doctor to save life. I think you guys are forgoting your oath because of almight money you are after to embezzle. look for the thieves that stealing the funds for health not strike . you are hurting people that needed your help. pls help to save life with whatever available tools you have on hand to work with at present. By going on strike, does not resolve the matter but making it worse.”ONLY IN NIGERIA THAT DOCTORS GOES ON STRIKE AT ANY TIME” BOTTOM LINE… you are not saving life but killing innocent souls. The life you save might be yours such as your father,mother,sister, brother, nephew, neiece, cousin, husband, wife, friend, neighbor, name it. this is a proverb for you as a wise man or woman to think about. Let me hit the bulls in the eyes, when top managements and also this so called doctors stop the embezzlement of funds assigned to purchase neccessary equipments for govt hospitals to provide good health innovations for masses,i mean nigerian citizens.Then we will have a better health sytem. NIGERIA MY COUNTRY IS BLESSED TO PROVIDE A GOOD HEALTH CARE FOR ALL MASSES REGARDLESS OF YOUR STATUS. For example look at saudi arabia , they have common thing with nigeria , ‘petroleum oil” , they live a better life than us. Nigeria is the second producer of crude oil in the whole world, we citzen never benefit of any good things such as good health,road,electricity, water. most essential things in life. my question is WHY, WHY, WHY.

  3. Gentle

    December 23, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Nigerian spends #150bn yearly on medicals sector, how come the strike? I need an explaination pls.

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