The statement by the Minister of Health Dr. Osagie Ehanire directing federal hospitals to replace doctors with corps members did not go well with the former Senator Shehu Sani, who reacted to the Minister’s Statement expressing concern that replacing Doctors with corps members is preposterous.
Ehanire who disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday 9th September, 2020 said the strike embarked upon by the doctors at a time when the country was battling the COVID-19 pandemic was ill-timed.
He further added that despite the strike action, all CMD’S and MD’s of federal tertiary hospitals should maintain the COVlD-19 treatment outlets and let it run and function as before. Secondly, “Emergency services should continue to run as before. Routine services should be maintained with consultants, NYSC doctors. Locum staffers to be brought in when and where necessary to forestall services disruption when applicable and affordable”.
Responding to the Minister’s statement, Sani took to his Twitter handle and made a post saying the replacement of striking doctors with corps members is impracticable and absurd.
The former lawmaker who advised the government to meet the demands of the striking doctors, said not every Nigerian can afford medical treatment abroad.
His tweet read: “It’s absurd and impracticable for the Minister of Health to direct public hospitals to replace striking Doctors with Youth Corps members. The Government should concede to the demands of the Doctors. Not every Nigerian can afford medical tourism to Europe or Asia.”
It would be recalled that the Nigerian Doctors on Tuesday 8th September, 2020 embarked on a nationwide strike over the non – payment of their COVID – 19 hazard allowance among other demands.