* To meet with govt on Feb. 7
BY: VICTORIA OJEME
ABUJA – The umbrella body of the dental and medical practitioners- the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), has suspended for now, its earlier directive to all members in Nigeria to withdraw their services from tomorrow, Monday, January 6.
This is to allow for full implementation of all the elements of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) within the government set timelines.
NMA President, Osahon Enabulele, stated this at a press briefing at the end of the Emergency National Executive Committee of the association in Abuja, Sunday.
According to him: “All medical and dental practitioners nationwide are hereby directed to continue to render their normal and highly cherished services to the lovely and caring people of Nigeria.”
He noted that the NMA will on February 7, meet with government to reappraise the commitment of the government on the implementation of the MoU signed with the association and take actions as she might deem fit.
Enabulele regretted that: “The decision was a very hard one to take because when you have a people who have been pushed for too long into the ambits of despair, you do not get surprise when several strategies are devised to actualised their overall objectives.
“Also we recognised that we are custodians of the health of the people, we also feel to heed to the several appeals by ordinary Nigerians in spite of our deprivations. This, to us is a very great sacrifice made by our members and you know a lot of Nigerian doctors are still exiting the shores of Nigeria for other countries where there is better working tools and enabling environment.”