NMA in closed-door meeting, decides on strike Tuesday

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The Nigerian Medical Association will on Tuesday announce the outcome of its Emergency Delegates Meeting on the ongoing strike.

The NMA had called a strike over alleged breach of its agreements with the Federal Government.

It was gathered on Monday that members of the association had begun a marathon meeting, where important decisions concerning the health sector, would be discussed.

As early as 8am, journalists had laid ambush to major hotels and conference centers in Abuja to ascertain the venue of the EDM.

But the striking doctors had refused to disclose the venue of the meeting.

Several calls and text messages sent to the President of NMA, Dr. Kayode Obembe, to ascertain the venue of the meeting and the need for keeping it shrouded in secrecy were not replied.

But our correspondent was informed that the meeting commenced by 6pm on Monday and would was expected to run till the early hours of Tuesday.

A short message service from the National Headquarters of NMA on Monday invited journalists to a press briefing scheduled for 11am on Tuesday.

The Federal Government had on Friday expressed optimism that the strike by the NMA would be called of on Monday at the end of the association’s EDM.

“I also want to remind all health workers that the ethics of their professions dictate that at all times emergency care must not be denied to those that need them,” the Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, told journalists on Friday



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