The Minister of State for Health, Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora has
appealed to the striking National Association of Resident Doctors
(NARD) to return to the negotiating table.

He said that the ministry is not happy with what is going on because the
primary duty of a doctor is to save lives and “any situation that can
result in not completing that task is not one that is welcome anywhere.
Dr. Mamora made the appeal on Monday.

The resident doctors embarked on an indefinite strike on August 2, over
irregularities and owing salaries to housing officers.

They claimed that the Federal Government has been mute since the
commencement of the industrial action.

But the minister denied the claims made by the striking doctors that it
has taken 113 days of silence from the Federal Government since an
agreement was signed which caused the ongoing industrial action.

According to him, there is a level to which the Federal Government can
get involved, but ‘what the doctors should have done is to appeal to the
Federal Government to speak with the state government on their behalf”.

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