Thursday, February 2, 2017

Minister cautions Nigerian doctors over abandoning patients to go on strike

Minister of State for Health has called on Nigerian doctors to desist from going on strike as a form of protest
He said it is unprofessional for doctors to go on strike while and leave patients dying in the hospitals
Minister of State for Health, Dr. Ehanire Osagie has advised Nigerian doctors to stop going and abandoning patients who could lose their lives on sick beds.
Osagie said there are better approaches the doctors can use to show discontent over government or work situation but going on strike is not the best of options.
According to Daily Post, Osagie stated this on Wednesday, at the Federal Medical Center, Keffi, during the commissioning of electronic medical records/e-payment and solar power installations to mark the centers’ health week 2017.
Osagie said: “It is only in Nigeria that medical doctors go on strike and abandon patients on the sick bed.
“Health workers/medical doctors should not be seen going on strike. Under no condition must you go on strike and abandon your patients on the sick bed, due to non-payment of entitlements. In most countries, doctors don’t go on strike as the interest of patients must be given top priority.
“There are ways of addressing such grievances, it may take a little time but certainly will be resolved.”

Meanwhile, the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi, Lagos was in Turmoil yesterday, February 1, as nurses working in the hospital embarked on a protest.
The protest was over the non-payment of their salaries for December 2016 and January 2017.

Source:naij.com 
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