As the crises of salary payment deepen, resulting to the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), Abuja chapter embarking on an industrial action, Prophet TB Joshua has given excellent mark in professionalism to Nigerian doctors.
A statement made available to OpenLife quoted the Prophet as saying “Take it or leave it, Nigerian medical doctors and nurses are one of the best in the world. I am not talking only about their experience; I am talking as a minister of God. Government, take care of them. Those who have left — let us see what we can do to bring them back. Those who are planning to leave — let us encourage them with incentives so that they can stay. I see the future of our medical practitioners as going to be the best in the world. I am not talking about the medicine they use or the facilities at their disposal; I am talking about their heart of care. Without the heart, nothing can work at its best. The heart treats best.”
Meanwhile, the Abuja doctors , announced their decision about an hour after the third case of Covid19 was confirmed in Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos.
The doctors said they deliberated extensively on the health threat posed by the coronavirus scare, their work conditions, and patient care before arriving at the “difficult decision.”
In a statement signed by its president, Roland Aigbovo, the association said the mass action followed the failure of the FCT administration to pay them their basic salaries for more than two months.
Mr Aigbovo said their members have been thrown into financial distress due to the nonpayment of their salaries and despite repeated warnings and ultimatum, nothing has been done by authorities.
He said there has been salary irregularities and shortfalls since the migration to the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System by the FCTA.
The union leader said other health workers who are also affected by the salary shortfalls will join the mass action within 48 hours if their demands “which are the same with ours are not met.”