FG Directs NYSC Corps To Replace Striking Doctors
The federal government has given a directive to the Chief Medical Directors (CMD) and Managing Di-rectors (MD) of federal tertiary hospitals to replace striking resident doctors with members of the National Youth Service Corps.
Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, who gave the directive in a statement yesterday, also directed that locum staff be brought in when and where necessary to forestall services disruption when appli-cable and affordable.
He said, “The federal ministry of Health finds it necessary to ensure measures are put in place to miti-gate the effect of this strike on the generality of our populace by directing the CMDs/MDs of our fed-eral tertiary hospitals to immediately do the following that, “COVlD-19 treatment outlets should con-tinue to function as before”.
“Emergency services should continue to run as before. Routine services should be maintained with consultants, NYSC doctors. Locum staffers to be brought in when and where necessary to forestall ser-vices disruption when applicable and affordable.”
Expressing his disappointment, the minister said, “lt is with deep concern that l view the ongoing strike by the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) which commenced yesterday (Tuesday) September 7, 2020.
“We must remember that the primary duty of doctors and all health workers is to save lives. Embark-ing on a strike in this time that the country is battling with the COVlD-19 pandemic is ill-timed and ill-advised”.
“lt is a critical time in which all well-meaning medical professionals should close ranks and confront the common enemy, which is the COVlD-I9 pandemic threatening mankind”.