Doctors’ Strike: House Summons SGF, Health And Finance Ministers
The House of Representatives has summoned the Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, his Finance counterpart, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim, to appear before the House Committee on Health which is currently mediating on the strike by doctors or face arrest.
The order was issued by the Speaker of the House, Aminu Tambuwal, during Thursday’s plenary, during which he urged the officials to respect not only the institution of the House of Representatives but to also show more concern for the issue at hand.
He expressed his disappointment at the Government officials for their attitude towards the resolution of the impasse, especially as it affects the lives of Nigerian citizens.
The House Committee had summoned Government officials to a mediation meeting with executives of the Nigerian Medical Association over the nationwide doctors’ strike.
However, the Chairman of the House Committee on Health, Mr Ndudi Elumelu, told the House that no representative of the Government has attended any of the mediation meetings.
Medical services in public hospitals across Nigeria have been shut down by medical doctors since July 1, leaving many patients who turn up for appointments hopeless.
The Nigerian Medical Association, among other things, demanded the immediate passage of the National Health Bill, appointment of a Surgeon-General of the Federation, the payment of 100,000 Naira hazard allowance for medical doctors and the skipping of level twelve by medical and dental practitioners.
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