Members of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors on Thursday morning commenced a nationwide strike despite Federal Government’s efforts to stop the industrial action.
Although, a last-minute effort by the government is a saving face concept as the warning signs were evident for months or weeks.
The resident doctors, however, assured Nigerians that their action was not meant to hurt them. Last Tuesday, President Buhari left for a routine medical trip to the UK, raising a lot of concern about the President’s commitment to revolutionize the health sector. If Buhari had stayed behind in Nigeria, and in need of health care, would he have allowed the resident Doctors to go on strike?
The resident Doctors in a Twitter message plead with Nigerians to understand their plight and that the strike action was the last resort.
“Nigerians must understand that we love them and the strike is not intended to hurt them but to challenge the Nigerian government @MBuhari @Fmohnigeria @LabourMinNG whose responsibilities amongst others is to care for her citizens and labour force to do the needful.”
The union’s President, Dr Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, also confirmed to Channels TV that the strike had commenced by 8am Thursday. The President’s absence at this critical time implies that Nigerians must watch out for themselves and that good healthcare will be available for the highest bidder and those who can catch the next flight and do the Buhari trip.