Don’t join strikes – Ngige tells newly inducted doctors

Nigeria’s Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige has told newly-inducted doctors not to join strike actions.

Ngige who at the induction of six medical graduates of the University of Abuja (UniAbu­ja) into the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN).

The minister said it is unethical for doctors to embark on strike.

The minister’s position was contained in a statement signed by Charles Akpan, Deputy Director, Press, and Public Relations in the ministry, on Sunday in Abuja.

Ngige whose son, Dr. An­drew Ngige, is among the new inductees, urged the medical graduates to be of good be­haviour and uphold the high­est ethical standards while carrying out their duties.

He noted that the medical profession is a noble one and hence, they should abstain from any conduct which is capable of bringing their esteemed profession to disre­pute.

“I am a medical doctor. One of you being inducted here is my second son. My first son is also a medical doctor. My daughter is also a medical doctor. By virtue of ethics, our oath as doctors is to save lives. That is our primary duty.

“If doctors go on strike, peo­ple die. That is the truth. Hu­man life is irreplaceable. How do you bring back people who have died as a result of doctors not being at their duty posts?

“It is unethical for doctors to embark 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 desist from going on strike in the interest of humanity and our noble profession,” he said.

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