Resident Doctors Embark On Warning Strike

Resident Doctors Embark On Warning StrikeThe National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has announced a seven-day warning strike to press home their demands for improved welfare and infrastructure in the health sector.

The National President of the association, Mr Ugochukwu Onyebueze made the announcement at a press conference in Abuja, directing all members of the association to down tools with immediate effect.

According to him, the federal government has also failed to implement the agreement it reached on residency training policy last year.

Doctors To Begin 1-Week Warning Strike In Ogun

doctorsDoctors under the aegis of National Association of Government General Medical and Dental Practitioners, Ogun State Chapter, have threatened to commence a one-week warning strike starting from Monday, March 7 to press home their demands.

‎In a statement issued at the end of the emergency general meeting of the association, last Wednesday, the association said that the strike became imperative after they had explored all opportunities to get the attention of the state government on issues affecting the health system in the state.

The statement, signed by its Chairman, Dr. Oladunni Adetola and the Secretary, Dr. Adetonwa Festus, had it that series of letters were written to the state government on the need to restructure health facilities; shortage of staff and relativity.

The association explained that little or nothing could be achieved in the health sector in the state, considering lack of materials, equipment ‎and good working environment.

The body also identified shortage of staff across all cadres of ‎the health workers, submitting that there had been no new recruitment in the last two to three years, despite the increasing demands on the sector.

NAGGMDP also noted with dismay what it termed the refusal of the state government to respect a circular by the federal government since 2013 on the need for all states to effect the payment of corrected CONMESS to correct an error of over 20 years on the doctors’ salary.

“After series of letters to the Executive Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, both official and personal, as well as sensitization of all other stakeholders, the government has not seen any reason to attend to any of the aforementioned issues ravaging the health sectors.

“Having fulfilled all necessary steps needed to ensure dialogue with the government and at the expiration of the 21 days ultimatum given to the state government with no favourable response, the members of the association have therefore mandated ‎the executive members to declare a one week warning strike starting from March 7 to 13.

“We are not unmindful of the inconveniences this might cause the masses which we greatly regret, we need to affirm our resolution to resolve these issues amicably through genuine dialogue so as to avert any prolonged industrial disharmony in the state,” the statement read.

Kaduna University Medical Students Protest Non-accreditation Of Courses

KadunaMedical students of the Kaduna State University (KASU) have staged a peaceful protest over the non-accreditation of their courses by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN).

The students, who took their protest to the Kaduna State Government House, complained that the failure of the previous administrations in the state to build a teaching hospital for their clinical training is what is delaying the accreditation of their courses and continued stay in school.

Numbering over 100 and clad in their laboratory coats, they stormed the Government House early in the morning, blocking the entrance gate, chanting and brandishing placards with different inscriptions.

They demanded to see the State Governor, Nasir El-rufai to present their grievances to him but the Governor was said to be unavailable.

The students said that it presently takes an upward of three years, instead of one, for a medical student to move from one class to another in the state university due to poor facilities and non-accreditation of their courses by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN).

They stated that there was no hope of getting MDCN accreditation by the end of 2015 due to the lack of a standard teaching hospital and inadequate personnel.

They vowed to continue with the protests until the government and the school authority address these issues and save them from being left stranded for too long in the course of their academic career.

Meanwhile, the Kaduna State Commissioner for Health, Professor Jonathan Nok, has pleaded with the students to exercise patience as the state government is working very hard to ensure the speedy completion of the teaching hospital.

He explained that government has committed so much funds to the procurement of state-of-the-art medical equipment and upgrading of other facilities at the hospital, as part of effort at ensuring the accreditation of the university’s medical faculty by the MDCN.

Kaduna NMA Decries Infiltration of Profession By Quacks

NMAThe Kaduna State branch of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has raised an alarm over the activities of quacks who disguise themselves as medical doctors.

The association disclosed that a group of professional fraudsters parading as medical doctors is on the prowl in various parts of the state, practising and promoting quackery at exorbitant prices and great risk to people’s health.

The state NMA Chairman, Dr. Muhammed Ibrahim, raised the alarm at a news conference ahead of the association’s 2015 Physicians’ Week and Scientific Conference coming up in one week.

Dr. Ibrahim said that the activities of quack doctors were gradually tarnishing the image of the profession and therefore needed urgent attention to address.

According to him, tackling the complaints about cases of malpractice and quackery received by the association on weekly basis, requires the cooperation and commitment of the public, the practitioners and the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN).

Dr Muhammad called on the public and practitioners to report suspected cases of quackery to the Nigerian Medical Association, the Kaduna State Ministry of Health, the regulatory council and also the Police.