The Lagos State House of Assembly has begun moves to avert complete breakdown of the health sector through indefinite strike threatened by the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA).
The Assembly on Friday held crucial meeting with stakeholders to discuss issues affecting the health sector.
Addressing the medical practitioners, Leader of the Assembly, Hon. Dr. Ajibayo Adeyeye, appealed to the association to find a way of resolving the issue without resorting to total strike that would affect lives of Lagosians.
Adeyeye noted that “NMA should have a rethink in resolving the matter that would not affect the people of the state.”
He further said that the state government cannot afford loss of patient at this crucial time when the state government has committed huge amount to rehabilitation and reconstruction of hospitals in the state.
The Assembly Leader also called on the Federal Government to listen to the plights of the association with a view to finding solution to their problems.
“We cannot afford another strike in the health sector. One minute of strike in the health sector by whatever body can be very disastrous to the state,” he said.
The lawmaker informed the gathering that the House of Assembly was considering a law that would put a stop to strike actions by trade unions.
“The ripple effect of strike is greater in Lagos as the population in Lagos State cannot be compared with that of others in the West Africa sub region.”
In his submission, the Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Health Services, Hon. Suuru Avoseh, charged the Lagos NMA and the government representatives to develop a cordial relationship and always find ways of resolving their differences in amicable manner.
He said, “We should join hands together to do everything humanly possible to ensure that our hospitals are not shut out to patients.”
He therefore proposed that regular meetings should be held between the Assembly, medical professionals and government to address major challenges facing the medical profession, and the health sector in general.
Earlier, the Chairman of the state chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Mr. Francis Faduyile, said poor funding and remuneration of doctors are some of the problems facing the health sector in the country.
He however said that the National Executive Council of the NMA would meet in Abuja on Saturday and the outcome of the meeting would determine if they would join the strike action.