The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has described the nationwide strike embarked upon by the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), as selfish, anti-people, ego-driven and provocative, insisting that such strikes by professional groups in the health sector always lead to avoidable loss of lives.
The chairman of TUC in Rivers State, Comrade Hyginus Chika Onuegbu, who disclosed this yesterday in an interview in Port Harcourt, wondered why the NMA would embark on a nationwide strike when the subject matter is before a court of competent jurisdiction.
Onuegbu said, “The nationwide strike embarked upon by the NMA is not just selfish and ego-driven but anti-people and provocative. Any strike in the health sector leads to avoidable loss of lives. It is therefore painful to see NMA and other professionals in the health sector embark on selfish and ego-driven strikes. This is more so, when the subject matter of the strike is before a Court of competent jurisdiction.
“This is what I have realised; there is hardly any two months that one group of professionals or the other in the health sector is not on strike. If you take time and find out why they are on strike, you will discover that there is lack of professionalism; there is rivalry. I understand that the matter is already in court and if a case is in court, any action you take on it is subjudice. So, one wonders why NMA will embark on an action that is subjudice or that is pre-empting the decision or outcome of a matter before a court.
“Ordinarily, I wouldn’t comment on this but because we are looking at issues that involve life that is why I am worried. There is no time NMA will go on strike and someone will not die. I think that NMA needs to take this into consideration before embarking on strike. They really need to look into the full implications of their strike.” He warned the federal government against granting the request of the NMA, saying that if the request is granted, other bodies in the health sector would also embark on strike thereby crippling the country’s health sector.
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