Communique Issued at the End of the Emergency Delegate Meeting of the Nigerian Medical Association Held on 23rd August 2014 in Abuja

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Delegates of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) met at an emergency session on saturday 23rd August 2014 in Abuja to consider the updates of the strike action embarked upon by the NMA which commenced on July 1st 2014.
- Whereas Nigeria is currently faced with health challenges and threats posed by the outbreak of the Ebola virus
-Whereas Concerted efforts are being made by stakeholders, including medical and dental doctors (despite the strike action) to contain this outbreak
- In response to the disease burdens, sufferings and aspirations of ordinary nigerians
- Having considered the interventions of the president and commander in chief of the federal republic of nigeria, the senate president, national assembly, various organs of government and other well meaning Nigerians,
After due deliberation, delegates arrived at the following resolutions:
1) Delegates resoved to suspend the strike action in the interest of urgent national emergencies while negotiations continue. Consequently, all medical and dental doctors are hereby directed to resume duty at their working posts with effect from 08:00hours ofMonday, 25th August 2014
2) Delegates demand immediate withdrawal of the government circular (reference No. C3132/v/46 of 13th august 2014) suspending the residency training program and sacking of over 16,000 resident doctors who constitute about 70% of doctors workforce in Nigeria
3) The NMA urge government, on its part to reciprocate her good will in ensuring that resident doctors whose appointments were so terminated are reinstated immediately without any punitve measures
4) The NMA remains committed towards the health of Nigerians and reiterate that she will not renege in her resolve and total support for the govrnment in the effort to provide quality, affordable and accessible health services to the Nigeian people
5) The NMA mandates her state Ebola monitoring committees (SEMCs) to continue to liaise with their state governments to immediately set up emergency response teams for the prevention and treatment of an outbreak of the ebola virus in their various states.
6) Delegates commended the efforts of the federal government and the lagos state government in containing the spread of ebola virus disease and for the establishment of isolation centres in the 36 states of the federation and the federal capital territory (FCT)
7) The NMA look forward to improving and sustaining cordial relationship with the federal ministry of health
8) Meanwhile, the NMA enjoins all her members to remain calm while negotiatins continue.
9). Delegates strongly commend with gratitude the president and commander in chief of the federal republic of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCFR, and president of the senate of Nigeria, his excellency, Distinguished senator david Mark GCON, for thier civility and commiment to resolve the impasse.
10) NMA appreciates the various roles played by the national assembly, senior government officials, the various ministries and agencies of government, friends of the association and other well meaning nigerians towards resolving the face off
The NMA will like to use this opportunity to express her deep regards to the underlisted (though certainly not exhaustive) for thier intervention, contributions and exemplary guidance throughout the period of the negotiation;
1) His Excellency, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan
2) Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa
3) His Excellency, Senator Dr chris ngige
4) Hon ndudi Elumelu
5) Senator Tunde Ogbeha
6) Elders in the medical profession
7) Chairman and members of MDCN
Lastly, the NMA wishes to thank the general public, the good people of ngieria and the media for their understanding and coopertion throughout the industrial action
long live, Nigeria medical Association
Long live, Federal Republic of Nigeria
SIGNED: Sir Dr. Lawrence Obembe (President, NMA)
Dr. Adewunmi Alayaki (Secretary, General NMA)

Source: Emma Agbai

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