Abuja – Stakeholders in the health sector have welcomed the decision by the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) to suspend its nearly two-month-old strike on Sunday.
Dr Idris Omede, Kogi Commissioner for Health, on telephone in Abuja said that the Federal government should resolve all outstanding issues in the sector.
“We thank God that the strike has been suspended, it is an issue that took sometime but with the intervention of prominent Nigerians it has been resolved.
“It is appropriate that they were able to suspend the strike at the moment of national emergency.
“We hope that government will resolve some of the contending issues that have not been addressed,’’ Omed said.
Also, Dr Patrick Dakum, Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria, lauded the Federal Government and the NMA officials for reaching an “agreement’’ to suspend the strike.
Dakum asked the Federal Government to urgently set up a comprehensive plan to address the issues that led to the strike.
On his part, Prof. Gamaniel Karniyus, Director-General, National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development, said the suspension of the strike was a “good development for the country and the medical profession’’.
Karniyus said it was unfortunate that labour and professional organisations now resorted to strike instead of dialogue to resolve industrial disputes.
“I am so happy that they have suspended the strike; I hope that dialogue will now be used as the best strategy.
“We should always resort to dialogue for the sake of the country,’’ he said.
NAN recalls that NMA suspend the strike by doctors working in public health institutions because of the Ebola threat.
The doctors are expected to return to their posts on Monday.
NMA President Kayode Obembe said the doctors had decided to suspend the 55-day-old strike in the public interest.
According to Obembe, the NMA has reached a deal with the government to reinstate the sacked doctors.
The doctors were demanding better salaries and working conditions.
The current Ebola outbreak has killed five people in Nigeria out of 14 confirmed cases.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the death toll across West Africa had risen to 1,427, with a total of 2,615 suspected or confirmed cases in the region. (NAN)