As the strike embarked upon by members of the Nigerian Medical Association, (NMA) enters its second week, the Medical and Dental Consultants' Association of Nigeria (MDCAN) yesterday assured all patients and Nigerians of its commitment to uninterrupted and high quality health care services across hospitals in the country.
This notwithstanding, the body also affirmed its full support for all the ideals of the NMA geared towards improving the services at all their tiers of healthcare.
It promised that it would comply fully with the restraining order on all the parties as contained in the ruling, delivered by Hon. Justice M.N. Esowe on June 27, on the motion ex-parte for an order of interim injunction in Suit No.
NICN/ABJ/177/2014 filed against the federal government and pending before the National Industrial Court in Abuja.
A press statement signed by the National President of the association, Dr. Steven Oluwole, stressed that information received from the hospitals nationwide, and data collected from members during the meeting showed that members of MDCAN, including orthopaedic surgeons, obstetricians, gynaecologists, infectious diseases specialists, physicians and several other specialists had been attending to patients in various hospitals across the country within the limits that are practicable in the current prevailing situation and circumstances.
The current position of MDCAN is a fallout of the outcome of its meeting in Ilorin, Kwara State of Nigeria held on Saturday, July 5 to review the state of healthcare delivery in the country.
According to the statement, "We note, without reservations, the unnecessary rivalry that had thrown the health sector into endless cycles of strikes and threat of strikes."
The body stated that "MDCAN complies fully with the restraining order on all parties, which is contained in the ruling, delivered by Justice M.N. Esowe on June 27.
"In the same vein, MDCAN expects the other parties in the suit to comply fully with the terms of the said restraining order."
The statement added that "branches of the MDCAN and individual consultants should continue to provide services to patients, but should exercise their professional judgment as to the best care feasible and practicable in the current situation.
It also maintained that "all patients and Nigerians are assured of our commitment to uninterrupted and high quality health care services."
The MDCAN president further pleaded with the federal government within its power to bring a quick end to the current impasse.