THE Health Writers Association of Nigeria, HEWAN, has condemned the action of the Medical Guild in embarking on yet another industrial action at the expense of patients barely a year after they suspended one.
In a statement signed by its President, Mr Azoma Chikwe, the body argued that no reason either financial, infrasructural or welfare are tangible enough to be traded for the human lives that will be lost during the strike.
Chikwe advised that doctors and health workers in Nigeria should look for better ways of pressing for their demands other than strikes given the fact that their work has direct link to sustaining human lives.
While calling on the government to do everything possible to ensure harmony between the parties, he emphasised the importance of the sector in the society, saying, that issues of strike in the health sector are still handled politically.
His words: “It is sad that doctors in Nigeria still see strike as an option to agitate for enhanced welfare package and other related issues against the Hippocratic Oath they took to put human life above other considerations. The argument that it is the only way to make government live up to expectation does not hold water morally because of patients that will lose their lives during the strike.
“We appeal to doctors to go back to work, while we equally ask government to look into the grievances of the doctors for the sake of patients. Our healthcare delivery system which is far below average when benchmarked against international standards is further worsened by the strike mentality of Nigerian doctors.Same with our poor health indices.
“We hope the Medical Guild and Lagos State government will sheath their swords, resolve issues and prevent avoidable death of patients seeking healthcare. This is the path of honour.”