FG Vows to Prevent Doctors’ Planned Strike

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‎The Federal Government has said it will do everything within its power to prevent the impending strike by the National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD.

The NARD had on Monday given the Federal Government a 21-day notice to meet their demands or face an indefinite strike.
NARD’s President Dr. Muhammad Askira, had told newsmen in Abuja, that the ultimatum took effect from April 4.

He listed some of their demands to include payment of members’ salaries till date and appropriate placement of members in states and federal tertiary hospitals across the nation.

Others are reversal of sacked members in some hospitals as well as appropriate funding of residency training programme.‎

The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, gave the assurance at the commemoration of the 2016 World Health Day as well as the flag off of the screening exercise organised by the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

Adewole said, “I am assuring Nigerians that there will be no strike. We have received the ultimatum, we have talked and will be meeting again on Monday”.

The focus of this year’s World Health Day campaign is on Diabetes with the theme “Beat Diabetes”.

‎The minister said Nigeria’s sustained efforts and that of her development partners led to the halting of the spread of the wild polio-virus and dropped off the infamous list of countries where the virus is still endemic.

He also hailed the country’s capabilities of meeting the health needs of a greater proportion of her population and her aability to withstand challenges of epidemic like HIV, infectious disease outbreaks as demonstrated by her response to recent Ebola virus epidemic.
He quoted Wealth Health Organisation recent ‎report that 24 per cent of illness related deaths in the country is caused by Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), with diabetes accounting for two per cent of that figure.
“Diabetes is increasingly becoming an epidemic especially among adolescents and young adults, partly due to the rapid socio-cultural change being experienced, and the adoption of unhealthy lifestyles and risky behaviours”.
Adewole said his ministry has mapped out six critical action areas to tackle the disease.
There are: adoption of the global monitoring framework for NCDs, development of a National Diabetes Plan and Policy,  ‎increased monitoring and surveillance systems, engagement and rights, improved access to care and sustainable financing for management of diabetes.
He called on Nigerians to be actively involved in this campaign, adding people must learn to identify their risk factors and take steps to avoid them. Some of these steps include maintaining a healthy weight, eating healthy, being physically active, avoiding harmful habit like alcohol intake and tobacco use.
He urged those already diagnosed with diabetes to follow up on doctor’s advice as well as be consistent with doctor’s appointment.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir David Lawal, stressed that except Nigerians heed expert’s advice and adopt healthy lifestyle, the current 2.8 adult population with the diabetes disease will increase‎.
He said ‎diabetes is a disease that can be managed medically if detected early, adding it can also be avoided if Nigerians take adequate interest in what they eat.
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