President Muhammadu Buhari has on Thursday pleaded with the members of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) to shelve their planned industrial action and give the Federal Government more time to address their grievances.
The Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, who confirmed this disclosure, said that the President made the appeal at a meeting he had with the leadership of the Nigerian Medical Association at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The president gave the doctors an assurance that no agreements duly entered into by the federal government would be dishonoured by his administration.
President Buhari also called for greater understanding and support from doctors and all Nigerians in view of the present shortfall in national revenue brought about by the decline in crude oil prices.
The statement added, “Decrying the adverse impact of the fall in oil prices on the Federal Government’s spending plans for health and other sectors, President Buhari said that his administration will continue to do its best to address issues that are of concern to doctors and other Nigerians.
“The President also gave the NMA delegation an insight into his administration’s plan to establish 10,000 primary healthcare centres across the country in the next two years with the objective of providing better healthcare for about 100 million Nigerians.
“He also told the delegation led by NMA President, Dr. Kayode Obembe, that the National Health Act will soon be gazetted and a steering committee appointed to oversee its implementation.”