Health Workers Strike: Buhari’s Inaction Height of Insensitivity, Says PDP

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Updated May 15, 2018
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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says the refusal by President Muhammadu Buhari to address the devastating strike action by health workers across the country, is a clear manifestation of insensitivity to the plight and suffering of Nigerians.

In a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the Party lamented the anguish of hundreds of Nigerians who it said were abandoned and dying by the day in public hospitals.

“Is it not the height of insensitivity that while Nigerians in dire need of medical attention are languishing, President Buhari abandoned them without any form of intervention and embarked on medical tourism in London with our common patrimony,” the PDP questioned.

The party also criticized the President for failing to summon an emergency meeting to find solutions to the problems even after his return from the UK.
They said he rather chose to organise a political rally in Jigawa state for what it described as a “doomed 2019 re-election bid”.

Furthermore, it blamed the “escalation of killings and bloodletting” in states across the country on the “aloofness by the government” saying unlike the APC, the PDP prioritizes the health, security and welfare of Nigerians.

The statement read in part: “In the PDP, the health, security and welfare of Nigerians remain pivotal to us and that is why we feel pained that compatriots are dying in their numbers because of the refusal of the Buhari-led APC administration to address the health workers’ strike.”

It, therefore, asserted that Nigerians have chosen to stop the Buhari administration from continuing beyond 2019 as it had become clear that it “has no agenda for the health sector”.

The PDP also called on humanitarian organisations and the international community to come to the aid of the nation.

Furthermore, it pleaded with the health workers to be more open to ways to solve the problem, so as to “forestall an outbreak of epidemic and health crisis”.