The lingering nationwide strike embarked upon by health workers may suffer some set-back following resolve by doctors to resume at their duty posts.

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) had in a statement threatened to withdraw their services across health institutions in the country if the federal government acceded to the demands of JOHESU and other health workers.

“The NMA wishes to draw the attention of the Federal Government to our correspondence of April 21, 2014, on the above, in which we reminded Government of the collective bargaining agreement we had with the Federal Government of Nigeria in January 2014.

The doctors drew the attention of government to the concluding part of their letter no. NMA/PRE/SG/03/0751 of 21st March 2014.

Reacting, the National Chairman of JOHESU, Biobebelemoye Josiah, criticised the doctors for frustrating ongoing talks to end the four-week-old strike.

Josiah raised alarm when he fielded questions from newsmen in Abuja, and also accused the Ministry of Health of collaborating with the doctors in suppressing JOHESU’s legitimate demands.

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JOHESU had on April 17 embarked on industrial action to press home its demands bordering on improved healthcare facilities and welfare.

Dr. Majekodunmi Ayodele of the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ekiti state, said “The Federal Government must start a process of restructuring the health sector. It seems as if the medical officers, including doctors, nurses and others are addicted to strike and this is killing the system. 

“In 2014, doctors went on strike for over four months while JOHESU was on strike for about six months. Out of about 360 work days, hardly did they come to work for their legitimate duties for 120 days. 

“We cannot afford to abandon our responsibilities because we offer essential services," he added. 

Dr. Akinlolu Ajani of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, who spoke to Bounce News, said "even though we did not join them, but the service we presently render is skeletal.

Dr. Ajani said the services being currently rendered is marginal as the strike has almost paralysed the health sector.

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