On Monday, The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) embarked on nationwide strike over non-payment of their COVID-19 hazard allowance and other demands.
However, the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire to address the absence of Doctors said:
“COVID-19 treatment outlets should continue to function as before; emergency services should continue to run as before; routine services should be maintained with consultants, NYSC Doctors; locum staffers to be brought in when and where necessary to forestall services disruption when applicable and affordable,” the minister said.
“I call on the NARD to return to work and engage the Federal Government in completing the ongoing due process of implementing the MoU between NARD and government.
“I wish to assure the general public that measures have been put in place to ensure that they continue to access services at all our federal tertiary hospitals across the country,”