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2017 9largeimg07 Sep 2017 104742822The federal government has promised to offset salary arrears of resident doctors, who went on strike this week, in efforts to get them back to work.

A meeting called by the labour minister Chris Ngige with both National Association of Resident Doctors, the Nigerian Medical Association, hospital heads and the health ministry lasted much of Wednesday.

NGIGE 3The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige,  yesterday insisted that the strike by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) violated the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) reached with the Federal  Government.  
 
Speaking during the conciliatory meeting between the officials of the Federal Ministry of Health led by the Minister Prof. Isaac Adewole, President and Executive of NARD and President and Executive of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), the minister said, “I do not think is very fair to the Federal Ministry of Health who are the employers of the doctors. We are all gathered here and the Ministry of Health looks like they are already being short changed because by section 18 of the Trade Dispute Act of the Federation, T8, T9, 2004, once conciliation starts, no party is allowed to stage a lock out either for employees or embark on strike against the employers.” 

bed spacesStories of accident victims dying at the emergency ward due to lack of bed space remains a worrisome phenomenon in Nigeria health care services.

Although, government owned hospitals are known for its ability to deliver affordable and qualitative healthcare services, the “No-Space syndrome” can be said to be a major defect in the management of these hospitals.

docThe Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has directed chief medical directors and medical directors of federal hospitals to immediately engage the services of locum doctors to augment the services of consultants, National Youth Service Corps doctors and  medical doctors on internship pending the resolution of the ongoing strike by the National Association of Resident Doctors.

The order was contained in a circular with Ref. No. C. 3132/Vol. V/116, addressed to all CMDs/MDs of federal tertiary health institutions across the country.

hospThe National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD ) yesterday commenced indefinite  industrial action over unpaid remuneration  and unsettled demands. The doctors made the resolve after several hours of closed door meeting with the federal government, which yielded ‘no result’.

Speaking to LEADERSHIP in an interview, president of the association,  Dr Onyebueze John said the Doctors had tabled their grievances before the federal government since 2013 and had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which are yet to be met.

Isaac ADeaths linked to Cholera outbreak in Borno Internally Displaced Person’s Camp (IDP) has risen to 20 from 14, as 319 suspected cases have been reported, the federal  government has said. In a press release,  the federal government yesterday said it  has established a treatment center in affected camps and environs in response to the Cholera outbreak in Borno State.

As revealed in the statement by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control(NCDC) the federal government said it is also strengthening access to water, sanitation and hygiene in the areas while Partners such as World Health Organisation  (WHO),United Nations Childrens Funds (UNICEF)and MSH and other humanitarian agencies are supporting through a cholera vaccination campaign.

Udom EmmanuelThe Akwa Ibom State Government has provided drugs for the treatment of people afflicted with renal diseases as part of its effort to check the increase in cases of kidney failure in the state The government also acquired some dialysis equipment for those in need of specialised treatment of renal diseases.

A kidney disease specialist at the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, Dr. Udeme Ekrikpo, who revealed this in Uyo on Wednesday, noted that the state government would also subsidise the cost of kidney disease treatment in the state.

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