A statement by President Muhammadu Buhari‘s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, has shown that the President appealed to members of the National Association of Resident Doctors not to embark on their planned industrial action and avail the Federal government more time to address their grievances.
The appeal was made at a meeting he had with the leadership of the Nigerian Medical Association at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The statement read in parts:
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.