From Femi Oyelola Kaduna
The National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria, (NARD), has called on the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency provide comprehensive life insurance scheme for health workers in Nigeria in view of the threat posed to them by Lassa fever and other infectious diseases in the country.
NARD stated this in a communiqué issued at the end of its 38thordinary general meeting held at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Shika, Zaria and made available to the media in Kaduna yesterday.
The communiqué signed by Dr. Ugochukwu Chinaka and Dr, OsinachukwuNnadi, President and Secretary General respectively said these infectious diseases has posed many risks and deaths to health workers giving example of the recent Ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Association however, called on its members to imbibe Universal Health precaution and best hygienic practices such as hand washing, maintaining personal and environmental cleanliness.
The Resident Doctors further called on the Government to setup Regional Infectious Disease Centres of Excellence across the country to ease the pressure at ISTH, Irrua and to stem the needless loss of lives to Lassa fever.
“The ongoing advocacy with the Board of Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) is welcomed, but NARD wants Government to impress on the JUTH Board and Management to reinstate all unjustly sacked Resident Doctors in JUTH immediately.
“Delegates resolved to extend the ultimatum by 21 days, starting from Monday, May 14, 2018. This extension is to avail Government time to reinstate our sacked Members in JUTH with full benefits and also meet outstanding agreement contained in the above stated MOTOS, after which NARD may not guarantee industrial harmony.
“NARD enjoins the Government of Osun State to urgently look into the welfare of our members at LTH Osogbo and resolve all lingering issues pertaining to the welfare of our members in Osogbo.
“Delegates unanimously called on the FG of Nigeria to urgently take over Tertiary Healthcare from State Governments. This will not only protect the welfare of our Members in SUTHS, it will guarantee specialist Healthcare delivery to the Nigerian populace.
“NARD does not have issues with pressure groups including Health workers agitating for better working conditions. However, we condemn a situation where they resort to cheap blackmail and violent assault on our Members at their duty post.
“We call on the FG of Nigeria; Chief Medical Directors (CMDs) to ensure the security of Doctors and all staff working in hospitals across the country during this JOHESU strike and beyond.
“NARD demands that CMDs of hospitals where our members are assaulted bring the perpetrators of these violent acts to book,” it said.