Replace striking doctors with NYSC doctors – Minister of health tells hospitals

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Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire has directed hospitals to replace striking resident doctors with consultants and NYSC doctors.

In a statement released today Wednesday, September 9, Ehanire expressed disappointment as the decision of doctors to embark on the strike at a time when the country was battling the COVID-19 pandemic is ill-timed and ill-advised.

“it is with deep concern that l view the ongoing strike by the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors which commenced yesterday (Tuesday) September 7, 2020, he said

“We must remember that the primary duty of doctors and all health workers is to save lives. Embarking on a strike in this time that the country is battling with the COVlD-19 pandemic is ill-timed and ill-advised.

“it 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.

“This is therefore one strike too many. Besides, most of the demands have been met and others though difficult, are at an advanced stage of implementation. A little patience would have made a big difference.

“The Federal Ministry of Health finds it necessary to ensure measures are put in place to mitigate the effect of this strike on the generality of our populace by directing the CMDs/MDs of our federal tertiary hospitals to immediately do the following: COVlD-19 treatment outlets should continue 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 services disruption when applicable and affordable. ”

Ehanire also called on the striking resident doctors to return to work

”I call on the NARD to return to work and engage the Federal Government in completing the ongoing due process of implementing the MoU between NARD and government.

Resident doctors in Nigeria commenced an indefinite strike on Monday, September 7 over the Federal government’s failure to meet their demands which includes payment of COVID-19 allowances among other demands


    1. Though the action of the resident doctors at a time like this is unprofessional and unhumanitarian, It’s not different from the action of the government towards the people. Imagine the hike in electricity tariff and fuel price at a time when the people are suffering.
      I don’t blame the doctors for their action, let the government meet their demand

  1. It’s so ironic that it took so much time for people to realize your real value. They come knocking right when you have finally closed your door.

  2. Where are we heading to in this country? All the politicians have taken away our resources, how many times do we heard that our politicians go on strike because of their salaries or allowances but when it comes to the masses, they will just handle it with levity hand. Before it’s get to this stage why can’t the government solve the issue. All the aspects in this country have rotten.

  3. Good ideas. To show them that there are doctor who wants to work and there works is in jeopardy if they refuse to return to work

  4. Our leaders or governments do not value anything about it’s citizens, replacing experience doctors with NYSC doctors who have not had any experience. Do they want to kill everyone of us? When you are practicing as one of them, if you were treated like this would you be able to get to where you are today? You should look for a way to give them their demands and make things work again. Can you allow all these NYSC doctors you are talking about to treat your family which absolutely you can’t. When you are getting your allowances as an when due but those who are facing death, you are punishing them without giving them their entitlement which is uncalled for. You better grant them their request.

  5. I don’t know why they gave you minister of health in the first place. So you want to replace them without paying them their salaries abi, its unfair nah and moreover you can’t compare NYSC doctors with them that has been in the field for how many years. Please sir health minister settle the doctors to avoid much death in the hospitals

  6. The government is confused and that is why the whole place is in a mess.
    Our leaders have refused to have vision and lead well instead the want to lead us inside well
    How can you tell hospitals to replace resident doctors with NYSC members. What experience do they have or you want many people to die
    Why can’t you pay these doctors well so as to avert the strike
    The country has the money but the leaders who are the managers of the affairs of this nation are the ones damaging everything
    Please settle the resident doctors and save us all these sufferings

  7. I can say this is the first time I will hear this from Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire. You see at the beginning of this virus, I mean covid-19 we suppose to use our NYSC doctors for the job instead of does doctors demanding for money, but we can still make the correction, let our NYSC doctors to take over the job and does striking doctors should resume to there duty immediately, because if does NYSC doctors are not capable they will not graduate. I love what Minister said.

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