President Muhammadu Buhari has pleaded with the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) to shelve its threatened strike action and give the Federal Government more time to address the grievances of doctors.
The plea contained in a press statement released by
Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Garba Shehu, gave the doctors an assurance that no agreements duly entered into by the Federal Government will be dishonoured by his administration.
He called for greater understanding and support from doctors and all Nigerians as a whole regarding the present economic crunch and fall in national revenue brought about by the decline of crude oil prices.
The statement read: “Decrying the adverse impact of the fall in oil prices on the Federal Government’s spending plans for health and other sectors, Buhari said that his administration will continue to do its best to address issues that are of concern to doctors and other Nigerians.
“The President also gave the NMA delegation an insight into his administration’s plan to establish 10,000 primary healthcare centres across the country in the next two years with the objective of providing better healthcare for about 100 million Nigerians.
“He also told the delegation, led by the NMA President, Dr. Kayode Obembe, that the National Health Act will soon be put in a gazette and a steering committee appointed to oversee its implementation.”
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole described the plan to establish more healthcare centres as “the single most ambitious health plan for the poor in the history of Nigeria.”
Dr. Kayode Obembe, The Nigerian Medical Association President called for the implementation of the report of the Yayale Ahmed Committee on better relations among professional groups in the health sector adding that implementation of the National Health Act fast-tracked.
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