Nigerian doctors under the auspices of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) have been on an indefinite strike since July 1, demanding for improved welfare. Not even the entry of the deadly Ebola virus into Nigeria’s shores was enough to convince them to return.
The federal government was of the opinion that the action of the striking doctors was contrary to the oath they swore to. [eap_ad_1] On Thursday, the health minister, through a permanent secretary in the ministry of health, L. N. Awute, ordered that the sack of the doctors should take immediate effect.
“President Goodluck Jonathan has suspended the residency training programme for doctors in Nigeria indefinitely for the purposes of appraising the challenges facing the health sector.
“The Board of Management is to take all necessary measures to immediately restore full medical services in your hospital. Note however this is without prejudice to the employment of Locum Physicians on six months renewable contract tied to productivity and good behaviour,” the letter read.