Doctors in public health institutions across the country will begin a five-day nationwide strike today.

The National President of the Nigerian Medical Association, Dr. Osahon Enabulele, who spoke with our correspondent on Tuesday said the Federal Government had yet to address the association’s demands with the urgency the situation demands.

Enabulele said though a Memorandum of Understanding was signed at the meeting between members of the association and the Federal Government in Abuja on Monday, the association would not shelve the warning strike.

He said, “We were in a meeting with government officials from 3pm Monday evening to 5am on Tuesday morning. All we got was the usual promisory note and MoU to stay action till January 6, 2014.

“They said most of the parastatals that would attend to our demands would be on break this festive period. This showed that they did not realise the urgency of the matter. Government has been sloppy in its response. NMA would not rescind on its position.”

He, however, said the association would reconvene after the warning strike to discuss the conditions in the MoU. The striking bodies include the National Association of Resident Doctors, Nigerian Medical Guild, and Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria.

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