Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has blamed both Federal and State Governments for the strike action of the National Association of Resident Doctors which have lingered, resulting in the shut down of hospital operations across the country.
The medical body warned that it would join forces with the resident doctors if the striking resident doctors were not paid all their due wages and if the strike lingers.
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Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in a statement signed by the chairman on Inter Affiliate Affairs, Dr Rosemary Uzowulu has said the strike by the resident doctors would not be happening if those in corridors of power were sincere.
The statement which was issued on Friday was titled “High cost of governance maintained yet payment of doctors to avert health sector destruction, a failure from government”.
NMA says the Nigerian political leaders are toying with the health of Nigerians because they could afford medical treatment overseas.
The statement partly read: “it is most unfortunate that budget allocation for newspapers for assembly members, state governors, the presidency is approved and implemented within days of signing by Mr President, and yet the residency training allocation budgeted and endorsed cannot be implemented”.
“The country in face of the high cost of governance has decided to use the health of her subject to play chess game where king and queens display the power of crown by killing their guards”.
“I call on well-meaning Nigerians across the country to quickly put a stop to the strike by mandating those concerned including the state governors for state hospitals to pay the resident doctors all their due wages or stand the chance of black cloud collapse from NMA if the battle lingers”.