National Youth Service Corps to provide routine services are asked to be used as replacement to striking doctors. This Presidency directed Chief Medical Directors and Managing Directors to do.
Further the government said locum staff should “be brought in when and where necessary to forestall services’ disruption when applicable and affordable”.
Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Minister of Health, gave the directive in a statement issued in Abuja.
He made this known while reacting to the nationwide strike by the National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD over the non-payment of their COVID-19 hazard allowance and other demands.
He said, “lt is with deep concern that l view the ongoing strike by the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors which commenced yesterday (Tuesday) September 7, 2020.
According to him, doctors and health workers primary duty is to save lives.
He noted that going on strike in this desperate times when covid 19 is ravaging is ill-timed and ill-advised.
“lt is a critical time in which all well-meaning medical professionals should close ranks and confront the common enemy, which is the COVlD-I9 pandemic threatening mankind.
According to him, most of the demands have been met and others, though, difficult, are at an advanced stage of implementation.
He therefore called for a little patience, saying it would make a big difference.
“The Federal Ministry of Health finds it necessary to ensure measures are put in place to mitigate the effect of this strike on the generality of our populace by directing the CMDs/MDs of our federal tertiary hospitals to immediately do the following: COVlD-19 treatment outlets should continue to function as before.