The Nigeria Medical Association has promised to stop using strike as a bargaining tool when making its demands from the government.
The Chairman of the Abia State chapter of NMA, Dr. Uwa Onwuchekwa, in Umuahia said this during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Physicians’ Week on Tuesday.
He pledged the preparedness of doctors to abide by the ethics of their profession, which places saving lives above other considerations.
This, he said, would also help to promote industrial peace in the health sector and enhance public confidence in Nigerian doctors.
He said, “We must abide by our calling and training to give peace a chance in the health care system. Enough of unnecessary struggle and strikes; let us work together for the benefit of our people.’’
The NMA boss, however, appealed to the state government to help in creating the needed space for graduating medical doctors to do their mandatory house job.
He lamented that most of the qualified doctors in the state spent up to two years at home looking for space to do housemanship due to the limited space to accommodate the new graduates.
On the recent certification of Nigeria as Ebola-free country by the World Health Organisation, the NMA boss cautioned against “over celebration.”
He called for vigilance among Nigerians.
‘’We need to remind our people that greater attention to hand washing and environmental cleanliness underline good health and must continue even after the epidemic, EVD,’’ he said.