09, September 2020 By Aliyu Muhammed in Bida
Residents of Niger State have called for effective frameworks to curtail incessant industrial actions in the health sector.
They made the call against the backdrop of the ongoing nationwide indefinite strike by the National Association of Resident Doctors.
The residents described the incessant strikes as unnecessary because of the dangers it pose to the already poor state of the nation’s health system .
The Public Relations Officer, National Association of Resident Doctors Federal Medical Centre FMC Bida Dr Erewalede Bello, while speaking on the the industrial action said they exhausted all amicable ways to press home their demands.
On whether the Association should be held responsible for any surge in Covid-19 cases, Dr Bello urged Nigerians to be fair to them.
Reacting to the strike, the Head, Clinical Services FMC Bida said although the strike was affecting activities at the centre, the management had put in place measures to address the concerns.
As efforts are being put in place to end the industrial action, the respondents advised Government to always be proactive in resolving industrial matters before they escalate.
Health care givers in the country have in recent times resorted to industrial actions to resolve some of their griviences with the Government.
The most recent are the suspended industrial action by health personnels in the Federal Capital Territory and the ongoing one by the National Association of Resident Doctors.
Members of the Association cited non fulfillment of some of their demands by the Government as the basis of the industrial action.
According to them, some of their grievances which included increment of hazard allowance and Residency training have not been met for over two months after suspending their warning strike.