FG Tells Hospitals To Exchange Placing Medical doctors With Corps Members
Dr. Osagie Ehanire
In line with The PUNCH, the Federal Authorities has directed the Chief Medical Administrators and Managing Administrators of federal tertiary hospitals to “instantly” begin the usage of consultants and docs on the Nationwide Youth Service Corps to supply routine providers.
The federal government additionally directed that locum employees ought to “be introduced in when and the place essential to forestall providers’ disruption when relevant and inexpensive”.
The Minister of Well being, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, gave the directive in an announcement issued in Abuja on Wednesday.
He was reacting to the nationwide strike by the Nationwide Affiliation of Resident Medical doctors over the non-payment of their COVID-19 hazard allowance and different calls for.
He mentioned, “lt is with deep concern that l view the continuing strike by the Nigerian Affiliation of Resident Medical doctors which commenced yesterday (Tuesday) September 7, 2020.
“We should do not forget that the first obligation of docs and all well being staff is to avoid wasting lives. Embarking on a strike on this time that the nation is battling with the COVlD-19 pandemic is ill-timed and ill-advised.
“lt is a essential time through which all well-meaning medical professionals ought to shut ranks and confront the widespread enemy, which is the COVlD-I9 pandemic threatening mankind.
“That is subsequently one strike too many. In addition to, many of the calls for have been met and others, although, troublesome, are at a complicated stage of implementation. Just a little endurance would have made an enormous distinction.
“The Federal Ministry of Well being finds it needed to make sure measures are put in place to mitigate the impact of this strike on the generality of our populace by directing the CMDs/MDs of our federal tertiary hospitals to instantly do the next: COVlD-19 remedy retailers ought to proceed to perform as earlier than.
“Emergency providers ought to proceed to run as earlier than. Routine providers needs to be maintained with Consultants, NYSC Medical doctors. Locum staffers to be introduced in when and the place essential to forestall providers disruption when relevant and inexpensive.
“I name on the NARD to return to work and interact the Federal Authorities in finishing the continuing due means of implementing the MoU between NARD and authorities.
“I want to guarantee most of the people that measures have been put in place to make sure that they proceed to entry providers in any respect our federal tertiary hospitals throughout the nation.”