Newsbreak. Ng has learnt the intervention of Senate President David Mark reportedly aided the decision of majority of the aggrieved doctors’ to shelve the 64-day strike. Signs that the strike would soon be called off emerged last week in Abuja following series of meeting between leaders of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, and Senator Mark, after which the former promised to rescind their decision to sustain the industrial action. The corollary to the agreement reached with the Federal Government’s negotiator (Mark) was the outcomes of today’s Emergency Delegate Meeting of the association, where a decision was taken to suspend the strike. At the meeting were NMA President, Dr. Kayode Obembe, and the National President of National Association of Residents Doctors, NARD, Dr. Jubril Abdullahi. Newsbreak.ng gathered that the agreement to call off the strike was hard-fought between supporting and opposing members, with the former in the majority. At the end of the meeting, members were directed through a statement from Obembe to return to their duty posts on Monday.
The NMA embarked on the strike to press government to grant a-24 point demand that bothered on the welfare and relationship of doctors with other workers in the healthcare sector. The response it eventually got, after government claimed to have met more than half of the demands, was the sack of 16,000 resident doctors, and the cancellation of residency programmes.
This led to protest a wave of protests in the various chapters of the NMA, including Lagos, Ogun and Oyo.