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Doctor’s strike unhealthy for Abuja residents – Minister

The Minister of State for Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has described the recent strike embarked upon by resident doctors as unhealthy for residents of the territory in view of the present global health challenge.

The minister, who stated this during a dialogue with the leadership of FCT resident doctors called on the striking doctors to call off the strike in the interest of the common man.
Aliyu advocated for dialogue in resolving serious issues among health workers and other industrial bodies. She also stated that the FCT administration has treated matters relating to the health profession with high level of seriousness and urgency.

She said: “This is not a happy gathering for me. I have to leave the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting to address this issue because of the seriousness the administration attaches to health matters.
“Before you embark on this industrial action, did you consider the oath of this reverend profession in view of the global health challenges? If the dreaded hit the FCT, it will affect all of us, including the striking doctors.

“Is there anything your body has requested from the administration and we fail to address? The delay in salary was as a result of migrating from one platform to another which affected all secretariats and departments. You should bear in mind that in every construction or reconstruction, people must make sacrifices.

“To be honest with you, the strike is uncalled for and it is not healthy. We should learn to respect the rights and privileges of others. We should not forget in a hurry that we will still end up on the roundtable to resolve pressing issues.”
She appealed for synergy and proper communication on both sides, while calling on the striking doctors to call off the strike based on overriding public interest.