Resident Doctors Condemn Suspension Of FMC Umuahia President

Resident Doctors Condemn Suspension Of FMC Umuahia PresidentThe National Association of Resident Doctors, southeast caucus has condemned the suspension of the body’s president at FMC Umuahia, Dr Innocent Orji, from residency training.

Members of the association have described their colleague’s suspension as a grave error that contravenes section (3) of the Public Service Rules of Nigeria.

During a briefing held in Umuahia, the caucus leader, Dr Udu Chijioke, said the association has their reservations about the alleged misconduct committed by their colleague and his subsequent suspension.

They have therefore asked the Federal Ministry of Health and the government of Abia state to compel the hospital’s management to immediately reinstate Dr Orji or face a strike by all public hospitals in the southeast.

Resident Doctors At FMC Lokoja Protest Poor Health Systems

Resident Doctors Threaten To Commence Strike Action In 2017The Association of Resident Doctors, (ARD) in Federal Medical Center, Lokoja, has joined the strike by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), to register their displeasure with the management of Nigeria’s health system.

Briefing pressmen, the Lokoja ARD President, Dr. Obohwemu Kennedy, said that his members were part and parcel of the NARD and were duty bound to comply with the directive.

The doctors, were seen carrying placards with different inscriptions to press home thier demands from the Federal Government.

On December 19, 2016, NARD gave the Federal Government up to January 2, to implement the National Health Act, 2014, while asking it to also address the lingering issues affecting the health sector, especially as it affects resident doctors.

Explaining further about the reason for the protest, Obohwemu lamented the pitiable state of Nigeria’s health system, citing the need for the Federal Government to urgently intervene and prevent massive exodus of doctors to the outside world for greener pastures.

“Apart from the fact that we are following instructions from our national body, we believe it is time to take the bull by the horn and address these persistent problems once and for all.

“Let the whole world know what resident doctors are going through- Our patients deserve the best of healthcare delivery.

“We cannot do that when we, the healthcare providers, are not in the right frame of mind.

“The medical profession is going through the toughest of times in the recent years, our black jackets and black bands, symbolise the death of our healthcare delivery system.

“We asked for resurrection, a revamping of the system, such that the average Nigerians can confidently access quality healthcare at affordable rates.”

Speaking on behalf of the Medical Director, Dr. Taiwo Olaoluwa who calmed the protesters, said their demands were not out of place.

Although he explained that the hospital was mourning as a result of the death of a Chief Nursing Officer, he then assured them that the Federal Government was working out solutions to their demands.

Resident Doctors Threaten To Commence Strike Action In 2017

Resident Doctors, FMC Owerri, StrikeThe National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), has advised the Federal Government to urgently wade into the lingering crises in the health sector to the avert impending strike by doctors.

NARD issued a three-week strike notice that would lapse on January 2, 2017.

The Public Relations Officer, NARD, Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa branch, Dr. Ugoeze Asinobi, said that the doctors had shelved the planned strike three times in the past four months and are bent on going on strike as from January 2.

The doctors are agitating for a uniform template for the Residency Programme, infrastructure for tertiary health facilities, proper grading of doctors and payment of outstanding salaries, among other issues.

According to Asinobi: “We don’t want strike, but we are going to resort to it again.

“The Residency Programme is fundamental to effective health care, given the dearth of manpower as the country has less than 20 per cent of required experts.

“Each time the ultimatum expires, we shift it in the hope that things would be made right within the time given, but it is now obvious the Ministry officials are insincere.

“The issues we go on strike for are always the same issues and we are resolute to withdraw services come January 2, 2017, if our concerns are not addressed.

“One wonders if health ministry officials are sabotaging the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari on purpose, as their brazen and blatant disregard to the most basic institutional needs of the major workhorses of the health sector leaves a lot to be desired.

“Their attitude leaves one bewildered as sabotage appears to be the only logical explanation,” he stated.

Furthermore, he alleged that officials of Federal Ministry of Health are playing politics with the lives of Nigerians as they are insensitive and disconnected from the realities the masses were facing in their daily lives.

“NARD frowns at the wastage in building new primary health centres, rather than rehabilitating, equipping and staffing existing ones with requisite manpower”.

“Resident doctors have always embraced dialogue and discussions in finding lasting solutions, but it is obvious that our commitment to peace and industrial harmony is yet to be reciprocated”.

The P.R.O then appealed to the federal government to wade into the industrial dispute for the overall interest of the welfare of the citizenry.

According to him, executives of NARD remain committed to ending the myriad of incursions adversely affecting the welfare of resident doctors.

Resident Doctors Insist Strike Continues

Resident Doctors, NARDThe National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) insists its strike continues until congress takes decision on the outcome of the meeting with the House of Representatives.

The President of NARD, Dr. Muhammed Askira, made the statement while addressing reporters on Wednesday in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

He was reacting to the statement made by the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, that both parties had agreed to sheath their swords after Tuesday’s meeting with the lawmakers.

“If you interpret the statement of the Minister to mean that the strike is over, then you are wrong,” the medic said.

Dr. Askira commended the lawmakers for their intervention on the lingering issues between NARD and the government.

He explained that the organ of the association that declared the strike would have to meet on Friday before any decision on whether or not to call off the strike.

This comes just as the Registrar of the National Postgraduate Medical College, Professor Oluwole Atoyebi, said the Nigerian government has not sacked any doctor from Federal Tertiary Health Institutions.Prof_Atoyebi

Speaking on Sunrise Daily, Professor Atoyebi said: “while the resident doctors have been told to suspend the strike, the Ministry has been told by the Speaker ((of the House of Representatives) to rest the directive, for now, and that has been agreed by all parties”.

House Of Reps Hopeful Of Imminent End To Doctors Strike

Resident DoctorsThe House of Representatives in Nigeria is hopeful that the industrial action embarked on by the National Association of Resident Doctors will be called off in the next few days.

Lawmakers are intervening in the faceoff between the representatives of the Ministry of Health and the leaders of National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD).

Their intervention appears to have been productive, with the Chairman of the House Committee on Health Institutions, Betty Apiafi, seeing a possible resolution in coming days.

The lawmakers expressed their confidence on Tuesday after a five-hour meeting convened by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Yakubu Dogara, with a Federal Government delegation and leaders of the NARD.

The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, told reporters that they had agreed to sheath their swords in the interest of Nigerians.

The President of the NARD, Muhammed Askira, however, said the strike had not been put off yet.

This is coming just as the Federal Government has asked heads of Government Tertiary Health Institutions to replace doctors that have abandoned their duties in protest of what they called poor welfare.

Residents doctors at the Federal Government’s institutions have downed tools after the association asked them to stay away from work in protest of poor welfare.

Resident Doctors’ Strike Paralyses Activities At OAUTH

Resident Doctors, OAUTHResident doctors at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital (OAUTH) in Ile-Ife, Osun State have withdrawn their services to patients in the hospital.

As the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) embarks on an indefinite strike on Monday to press home its demands for welfare related issues, offices were under lock and key, with empty bed spaces seen at different wards at the hospital.

Many of the patients who visited OAUTH for medical attention were left unattended to as only the consultant doctors and nurses were seen around the teaching hospital.

The President of NARD, OAUTH chapter, Dr. Wole Ayegbusi, said the indefinite industrial action became a last resort for the doctors across Nigeria, following the breakdown of negotiations with the government and stakeholders in the health sector.

He said issues of unpaid salaries, unjustified sack and poor welfare of resident doctors in Federal and State government-owned hospitals formed part of the demands being made by the medics.

Rise In Rivers Local Gin Intake Deaths Worries Doctors

local gin OgogoroDoctors in Rivers State are worried, as the number of deaths caused by the consumption of  locally brewed gin known as Ogogoro has now reached 66. 

The Ministry of Health in the State gave the new figures on Friday, days after the first death was recorded.

The Ministry noted that deaths have so far been recorded in Obio Akpor, Bonny and Gokana Local Government Areas.

The National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD) in a press briefing in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State’s capital, has step up stringent measures that will curtail the production and distribution of what the group called a deadly poison.

The National President of NARD, Prince Dan-Jumbo, at the press briefing urged State governments that are yet to pay their members monthly salaries form 5-7 months to do so.

According to him, Oyo, Osun, Benue, Nassarawa, Imo, Abia and Lagos State are owing 2013 and 2014 months salaries while and Rivers State had two months outstanding.

Meanwhile, the level of compliance to the ban on the sale of the local gin is still in question, as some peddlers of the product are still sighted on the street.

Resident Doctors Ask Government To Lift Embargo On Employment

doctorsThe National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has pleaded with the Nigerian government to lift the embargo on employment of its members that has been on for over three years.

On Tuesday, the doctors expressed displeasure with the embargo placed on the employment of its members in both the State and Federal Government Hospitals.

The plea was made by the National President of the Group, Prince Dan-Jumbo at a brief in the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital in Rivers State.

Apparently worried by the state of affairs in the Health Sector, the NARD President queried the personnel funds that run into billions released to the Federal Ministry of Health when resident Doctors are not being employed, calling on the President-elect, General Mohammadu Buhari, to look into the plight of the Health Workers and residency programmes in the country, to avert any possible crisis in the sector.

The group (NARD) also frowned at the non payment of the wages of its members in Kogi, Benue, Edo and Lagos States, appealing to the various State Governments to fulfill their obligations to the Doctors and to take health matters more seriously.

Resident Doctors’ Strike: Colossal Loss Of Lives Feared

resident_doctors_nigeriaFollowing the commencement of the 3-day warning strike embarked by resident doctors across the country, various appeals have been made to the parties involved to embrace dialogue to avoid a colossal loss of lives.

In an interview with Channels Television, spokesperson of the National Hospital, Dr Tayo Haastrup, noted that the welfare package of resident doctors can be negotiated with the Federal Government without putting the security of lives of teeming Nigerians at stake.

He further underscored the need to apply caution in resolving the matters at stake, particularly as the nation grapples with the current security situation.

He added that strike actions only serve to dwindle the nation’s healthcare system.

Meanwhile, the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) who is demanding proper implementation of the integrated payroll and personnel information system, as well as adequate funding among others has threatened to go ahead with an indefinite strike after the 3-day warning strike, if the Federal Government does not respond appropriately.