The minister for health, Isaac Adewole has directed that the resident doctors who went on strike be replaced.
The doctors, attached to government hospitals had embarked on a strike action on Monday and the minister described this as abandoning thier posts.
This directive was contained in a circular signed by Amina Shamaki, permanent secretary, federal ministry of health.
You can read the circular below.
“This is in spite of the ongoing negotiations on their demands put forward by the representatives of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) under the auspices of the Nigerian Medical Association.
“In view of this development, you are hereby directed to replace all the Doctors that have withdrawn their services, with others from the pool of applicants for the training programs in the various disciplines in order not to create ominous gap in training with attendant disruption of health care delivery in your facility.
“Meanwhile, the ministry is working with the panel on the review of the Residency Training Program in Nigeria, led by Professor Wole Atoyebi, the Registrar of the National Postgraduate Medical College, to fast-track the development of a comprehensive blueprint for postgraduate training of doctors in the country.
“Please, ensure immediate compliance.”