The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has apologised to Nigerians, especially patients at various government hospitals, over the strike embarked upon by the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD).
Dr Enema Amodu, the Chairman, NMA, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) chapter, made the plea on Sunday, April 4, in Abuja while addressing newsmen over the NARD strike.
According to him, the association is sorry and wishes to apologise to Nigerians over the action.
The resident doctors embarked on strike on April 1 to press home their demand for upward review of their N5000 hazard allowance, payment of outstanding COVID-19 inducement allowance, among others.
The NMA official said “we are not insensitive; we hope that government and those in charge of the discussion with NARD will take it seriously, with a view to settling the issues at stake.
“To our patients, we are very sorry that you have to suffer this epileptic irregular healthcare service delivery; we have taken an oath to take care of you.
“But if a doctor is not in a sound state of mind and is not happy with what he or she is getting from the job, the doctor may not be in the right frame of mind to discharge his or her duty right.
“And this will invariably affect you; by the time we get placed properly, remuneration and other welfare matters and facilities that we need to serve you; we will be able to serve you better with productive results,” he said.
He pleaded with all health workers; pharmacists; nurses; among others, to stop the incessant acrimony as well as disharmony among them.
Meanwhile, Pastor Tunde Bakare on Sunday, April 4, restated his advocacy for the restructuring of the country; insisting that such a move should not be seen as a threat to the unity of the nation.
Bakare made this call in his State of the Nation address.
“We have failed to realise that a strong federal government working with strong federating units; can guarantee the security and prosperity of the Nigerian people,” the clergyman said.
“We have failed to appreciate the fact that coordinated governance by the different states in each of the geopolitical zones; will enhance the security of Nigerians and bring our people out of poverty.
“This is the heart and soul of restructuring. Restructuring does not mean the dismemberment of the Nigerian state. It is not an attack on Nigerian unity. It does not mean disadvantaging any section of the country.”
“The greatest demand on the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is to facilitate the emergence of legitimate regional governance frameworks that can fill the vacuum and flush out the illegitimate structures,” he noted.