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“We won’t call off strike because of Ebola virus” – Doctors
As anxiety mounted across Nigeria following the report of first case of the Ebola Virus Disease, striking medical doctors have ruled out the possibility of calling off the strike to attend to the national emergency.
The Lagos State Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, Dr Tope Ojo, said the ongoing strike was not called because of Ebola and cannot be called off because of the threat of the viral infection in the state.
Ojo who spoke at a press briefing organised by the newly elected officials of NMA in the state said, “We are not on strike because of Ebola. It was never part of our demands. It wasn’t our fault”.
While assuring that the doctors would continue to partner with the State government to monitor the trend of the disease to check its spread, he blamed the on-going crisis in the health sector on the Federal Government’s mismanagement if the sector.
Nigeria has some of the continent's least adequate healthcare infrastructure, despite access to billions of dollars of oil money as Africa's biggest producer of crude.
Nigerian Doctors' Strike Selfish, Illegal And Unethical Say Nurses
"They should be called to order because their incessant strike is a gimmick to further divert innocent patients to their private clinics where they (doctors) stand to benefit."
The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) has described the ongoing nationwide strike by members of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) as selfish, unethical and illegal, reports the Lagos-based Daily Independent newspaper. NANNM also alleged that the strike was a well calculated and orchestrated plan by the doctors to divert patients to their private clinics to milk them of their hard earned resources. NANNM stated this in a statement by its General Secretary, Yusuf- Badmus, in Abuja on Sunday.
The group advised the Federal Government to "stop all government employed doctors from establishing private clinics for the benefit of the citizens of this nation while still in government employment".
originally posted by: Silcone Synapse
These health workers have nowhere near the appropriate equipment to treat this horror.
They need much more saftey gear,funding,staff and medicine.
Many doctors and nurses have caught the virus and died-even the head doctor is infected.
I would be terrified to be there,those doctors and nurses are acting above and beyond..
The head doctor fighting the deadly Ebola virus in Sierra Leone ....Sheik Umar Khan, 39, is only the latest health care worker to be felled by the out-of-control outbreak of Ebola virus
BREAKING: Pres. Jonathan Sacks Doctors All Over The Country With Immediate Effect
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Pres. Jonathan sacks all resident doctors
President Goodluck Jonathan has directed all Chief Medical Directors (CMDs) and Medical Directors of all the Federal Government owned hospitals and health institutions across the country to issue letters terminating the appointment of all resident doctors in training.
This directive is contained in a circular signed by the permanent secretary ministry of health and dated 13th August, 2014. It is with immediate effect. The reason for this line of action isn’t yet known but it may not be unconnected with the Ebola outbreak in the country as well as the on-going nationwide strike of medical doctors.
More details soon.
Lagos Doctors Stage Protest Over Sacking of 16,000 Resident Doctors
Last week, BN brought you the news about the Nigerian government firing all resident doctors (estimated to be 16,000 in number) in the country.
In response to this, Lagos State Chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) staged a protest today at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi- Araba, Punch reports.
The doctors reportedly carried placards with a variety of phrases, including, “Sack Ebola not Doctors,” “Sack Chukwu not Doctors,” “Sack Boko Haram not Doctors,” and many more.
Tope Ojo, State Chairman of NMA, reportedly told journalists that the association would not continue any form of negotiations with the federal government until the dismissal of the resident doctors is reversed.
How Nigerian Doctors Lambasted Health Minister For Prolonging Strike Action Amid Ebola Outbreak
The Nigerian Medical Association [NMA] has lambasted the Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, accusing him of prolonging the seven-week long strike that has left millions of patients stranded, amid an Ebola outbreak. The union spoke Thursday after the government announced it was suspending talks with its leaders, who had earlier assured Nigerians that negotiations with the government were fruitful and the strike would soon be suspended.
The Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, described as untrue reports that the government had suspended further negotiations with it. The Secretary-General of the group, Adewunmi Alayaki, said the association was speaking with “government at a higher quarter.” He accused the Minister of Health, Mr. Chukwu, of undermining efforts to resolve the crisis, and sponsoring reports that talks had been shelved.
….(Minister of Health, Mr. Chukwu) disclosed that President Goodluck Jonathan personally met twice with the NMA without him (the minister of health) in attendance, in a bid to get to resolve the issues.
originally posted by: FlyersFan
Nigeria Doctors Suspend Strike Over Ebola Threat
The Nigerian Medical Association says it has suspended a public sector doctors strike to help efforts to contain Ebola in the country.
The association on Sunday directed doctors to return to work Monday. The strike started on July 1, before Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer flew into Nigeria and introduced the virus in Lagos, the commercial capital. Nigeria's government says the country has 14 confirmed cases.
The association also demanded the government restart a residency training program it suspended on Aug. 13.
Nigerian Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said Friday two spouses of patients who died of the virus tested positive for Ebola. All cases of Ebola contraction in the country have been tracked back to Sawyer.