Senate appeals to resident doctors to call off strike

The Senate on Thursday appealed to  members of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) to call off its nationwide industrial action.

The Chairman, Committee on Health, Sen. Ibrahim Oloriegbe, made the call on the sidelines of a Public Hearing on the Federal Medical Centre, Mubi, Adamawa Establishment Bill 2021.

Oloriegbe, while making his remark, said the committee before the had met with representatives of the doctors with a view to resolving the issues in contention and avert the action ultimately.

“I want to put on record that as National Assembly, we made effort to avert the doctors going on .

“We had a marathon meeting just before ; on March 21 specifically, and we agreed on all the issues that are raised by the resident doctors.

“Particularly three are very germane. One is payment of salary to house officers which as that time they also agreed that has essentially been cleared and that was the major reason they wanted to go on .

“The second one was what they claimed that there should be payment to local resident doctors which was an aberration where there was not supposed to be local but the government agreed to commence payment which has started to be done.

are the two ones that were germane. Most of the other issues that were raised; they were not even issues within the purview of the Federal Government because they were issues of state governments that owed salaries.

“The Federal of Finance confirmed that a committee has been set up to look the other aspects.

“So we are surprised that the resident doctors went on strike. However, we are not reneging,” Oloriegbe said.

The committee chairman further appealed to the doctors to resume work while negotiations and discussions would continue on outstanding issues.

On the conversion of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 to a steering committee, Oloriegbe said that the committee was not consulted.

“I heard that the PTF on COVID-19 has been converted to a steering committee. We were not consulted in terms of what will be the operational mechanism and so on.

“I will ask my Clerk to invite the to come and explain to us the process of that response, because we Nigeria.”

Earlier, sponsor of the Bill on Federal Medical Centre, Mubi, Adamawa, Sen. Aishatu Dahiru, said it was abundantly clear and socially necessary that Mubi should have a federal medical centre to bridge the health living standard gaps of the people. (NAN)