Abuja (NAN) – The Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, says it will not hesitate to completely close down all health facilities in the country if government allows the NLC and TUC protests to extend to Jan. 13.
The NLC-TUC strike, which begins on Jan. 9, is a protest against the Federal Government’s withdrawal of the subsidy on petrol with effect from Jan. 2.
The NMA President, Dr Omede Idris made the remark at a news conference,Friday,in Abuja where he pledged the NMA support to the call for a strike.
He said that all health facilities in the country would be shut down if the government did not revert to the old pump price of N65 per litre of petrol.
“We, therefore, call on the government to address the wish of the people without further delay.”
“NMA national leadership will join in the demonstration at the national level, while the members in all 36 states, including the FCT are directed to join other groups or carry out independent protests in their states.”
Idris added that NMA’s participation in the strike would be stratified.
He called on protesting members of NMA to come dressed in “white lab coats” and to make first aid materials and ambulances available in order to meet the health needs of protesters.
Idris said that sickbays should be set up on location at demonstration sites, to care for the needy.
“We are not unmindful of the likely casualties, medical and surgical emergencies that are bound to occur, emergency sections of hospitals should remain open to render emergency services.
“The people we are protecting and making a case for should not suffer unduly from ill health occasioned by the strike.”
He also called on ambulance owners to volunteer their services.