Lingering issues with FG make doctors go on strike -ARD

Dr Ethel Egbekun, President, Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), National Orthopaedic Hospital Igbobi, Lagos (NOHIL) disclosed that accumulated lingering issues necessitated recent moves by doctors to embark on a strike.

Egbekun told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in on Thursday that deliberations had been on the table a while now without any tangible results.

She said the most important of the issues was the nonpayment of remuneration of the youngest  set of doctors in the health sector, who had just graduated from medical school.

According to her, they are in the system to do one-year internship.

“These people have not been paid since January and here we are talking about brain drain.

“If you treat these doctors the way you are treating them now, what is the incentive to stay and replenish our depleting workforce of the health sector,” she asked.

Egbekun wondered how the young doctors could convinced to stay and the rapid brain drain that is going on in the country.

She said that apart from these doctors, other doctors were being owed in the system, since January as well.

“Negotiations have been on the table to try and get these people paid but there just seems to a lot of gridlock.

“There should not any experiencing delay and setback.

doctors who are still working have pulled children out of school because they cannot pay.

of them have family members who have health challenges that we had to contribute to offset bills.

“It is not a situation where you want your doctors to be; how do you expect a doctor to give you excellent results when he is having challenge” she asked.

The NOHIL ARD President pleaded speedy resolution between the FG and doctors to enable progress smoothly. (NAN)