Following the nationwide strike action taken by National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) on Monday the minister of health, Isaac Adewole has instructed that federal government hospitals make use of doctors currently serving their country under the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme.
Adewole gave the reason for the decision as a way to ensure there are no gaps in the health care system due to the strike.
NARD has given unpaid salaries and lack of promotion for deserving doctors as some of the reasons for the strike stating that they will not be resuming until the government does something about the current situation.
Government hospitals will however remain open according to Boade Akinola, spokesperson of the ministry with the Youth Corp members filling the gaps as the government works vigorously at resolving the issue.
“The Hon minister of health, Prof Isaac Adewole has directed the medical directors and chief medical directors of federal government owned hospitals to ensure that consultants and youth corps doctors as well as doctors on internship are on duty to provide health services at the hospitals in order to ensure there is no break in healthcare services to our people,” she said.
“The minister assured all Nigerians that the federal government health facilities will be open and render services to the people while the government continues to dialogue with the resident doctors to return to work. Arrangements are also on to make use of armed forces, police and federal road safety health facilities
“The minister expressed optimism that the problem will be resolved soon.”