Refrain from joining strikes, FG indict newly inducted doctors


By Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja

The federal government has instructed newly inducted medical graduates to refrain from joining the relentless strikes by doctors across the country.

A statement issued on Sunday by the deputy director of press and public relations at the Federal Ministry of Labor and Employment, Charles Akpan, quoted the minister, Senator Chris Ngige, as saying this upon the induction of six graduates in medicine from the University of Abuja (UniAbuja) to the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN).

Ngige, whose son Dr Andrew Ngige was among the new inductees, urged medical graduates to behave well and uphold the highest ethical standards in the performance of their duties.

He reminded them that the medical profession is noble and that, therefore, they should refrain from any conduct that could bring their esteemed profession into disrepute.

He said: “I am a doctor. One of you who is inducted here is my second son. My first son is a doctor. My daughter is also a doctor. By virtue of ethics, our medical oath is to save lives. This is our first duty.

“If the doctors go on strike, people die. It’s the truth. Human life is irreplaceable. How to bring back people who have died due to the absence of doctors at their duty station?

“It is unethical for doctors to go on strike. I have said it so many times in the past and I will continue to say it, doctors should not go on strike. Therefore, you should refrain from joining strikes in the interest of humanity and our noble profession.

Previously, MDCN Registrar Dr Tajudeen Sanusi had told inductees they were ethically bound to do certain things as doctors, warning that anything contrary to that would attract the board’s hammer.

Other dignitaries present at the induction ceremony included the wife of Senator Ngige and Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr Evelyn Ngige, and the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine. from the University of Abuja, Professor Felicia Anumah.


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