Federal Government appeals to NARD to return to negotiating table
Written by crest887fm on August 4, 2021
The Minister of State for Health, Dr Olurunnimbe Mamora, has appealed to the leadership of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) to return to the negotiating table to address outstanding issues.
The minister appealed to NARD at the opening ceremony of the 2021 Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), FCT chapter in Abuja.
The appeal followed NARD’s nationwide indefinite strike which started on August 2 to press home the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding it entered into with Federal Government in March 2021 on welfare and other issues that affect members.
Mamora said discussing with the association and negotiating on ways to address the issues raised by the association would give opportunity for industrial peace and enable citizens to access healthcare.
Mamora also reiterated Federal Government’s commitment to address emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, including efforts to expand healthcare coverage in the country.
He said President Muhammadu Buhari is taking all necessary steps to strengthen Nigeria’s preparedness and response to emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases through the provision of medical infrastructure.
The minister noted that primary healthcare facilities which were the closest to communities had become the weakest links in the healthcare delivery system due to their ineffectiveness to provide services needed.
Earlier, Dr Enema Amodu, the NMA Chairman, FCT chapter, said political will, poor funding and infrastructure, and paucity of specialised personnel were the major problems to development in primary healthcare.
Amodu said that the meeting was, therefore, held to critically look into these challenges and how to address them.
Some stakeholders at the event included Honourable Tanko Sununu, the Chairman, House Committee on Healthcare Services, represented by Dr Fatima Mairami, a Chief Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynecologist.