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Doctors suspend nationwide strike

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By Chioma Obinna

The Nigerian Medial Association, NMA, yesterday suspended its 51 days old  protracted strike.
The NMA through its official twitter handle @nmanigeria announced the suspension of the seven weeks strike.

The strike was suspended midnight yesterday after  an Emergency Delegates Meeting in Abuja.

They also agreed that all doctors suspended will be  resuming duties and no one will be victimised in whatever form as a result of participation in the strike.

The strike was suspended following the voting of members.
Out of 265 total vote cast, 199 voted for suspension, 96 voted against.

Confirming the suspension of the strike, the Public Relation Officer of the Lagos State branch of NMA, Dr. Peters Ogunbiyi who spoke to Vanguard in a telephone chat said the association decided to listen to the voice of reason.

His words: “President Jonathan has promised to meet all our demands through the Senate President. Specifically, he promised to suspend the circular on the suspension of Residency Training in the country.

We also considered the fact that we have new cases of Ebola from secondary contacts. So we decided to suspend the strike to save Nigerians from unnecessary deaths.”

It could be recalled that the Federal Government recently sacked 16,000 resident doctors across the country and suspended the residency training.

 

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