-Buhari tells striking Doctors, “Consider Lives“
President Buhari has addressed the striking doctors enlightening them that their strike action can be disastrous as the country needs them always.
He said the doctors embarking on strike action isn’t the best step to take no matter their grievances.
“Protecting our citizens is not to be left to government alone, but taken as a collective responsibility, in which especially medical professionals play a critical role. Let me speak directly to the striking doctors.
Embarking on industrial action at this time when Nigerians need you most is not the best action to take, no matter the grievances.”
Buhari also denoted that his administration has a good record of paying workers as 12 demand of the ongoing strike has already been met.
“This Administration has a good track record of paying all debts owed to government workers, pensioners and contractors and we have even revisited debts left by past administrations, once due verification is done, debts genuinely owed Health workers will be settled.
I learnt that some of the 12 points demand in the ongoing strike were already addressed.
Though the Review of a new Hazard Allowance has not been fully negotiated because of the sharp and deep division within the ranks of the striking doctors.
I request that the agreement reached in the meetings of 20th and 21st August captured in the MOU which I have seen be religiously implemented,’’
Still addressing the medical practitioners, the President said, they’re looking out to expand the health care sector, as such, he reminds doctors they’re in charge of the health and well-being of the citizens.
“We are also supporting initiatives to expand health insurance coverage and bring more resources to health financing. We have many more challenges ahead and much more to do, for our large population
In this respect, it is important to remind you that, as senior medical personnel and representatives of one of the most respected professional groups in the world, your responsibility for the health and wellbeing of Nigerians are clear.
It does not end only with the welfare of your members, but continues with a sense of responsibility for the entire country and its sociopolitical health and national stability.’’