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Sack: Doctors vow to continue strike

… Says it will escalate Ebola scourge
By Chioma Obinna

The last may not been heard about the protracted strike embarked by the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, as the striking doctors Saturday vowed not to resume talks with the government until the government unconditionally reverse the sack of 16, 000 resident doctors nationwide.

Meanwhile, the doctors have warned that the sacking of over 16, 000 resident doctors could further escalate the Ebola scourge as majority of those working on the case management, monitoring and survelliance team were resident doctors.

Giving the condition at a press briefing in Lagos, the Chairman, Lagos branch of NMA, Dr Tope Ojo said all attempts by government to divide the NMA would be resisted by the association.

“This sack action must have proven the unrepentant hatred of Mr. President and the federal government for doctors, considering that since this current regime, several unions generally have embarked on industrial actions for even longer periods, that witnessed several failed negotiations too, before eventual resolution and same punitive actions were never applied.

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