APPARENTLY as part of effort to ensure that striking medical health practitioners return to work, the Federal Government has introduced a mandatory attendant registers for all resident doctors throughout the country.
Tuesday’s directive follows an unproductive meeting between government representatives and the leadership of the National Association of Resident Doctors.
According to the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, the ministry would issue a directive to all medical directors in the country, asking that the registers be opened at 7:00am.
Ehanire said the purpose was to record those who appeared for work and those that failed to show up.
“One day, you will be sitting where we are sitting; you will be going through the same thing we are going through; it is a circle of life. In other countries, we have seen retired doctors and workers come out of retirement,’’ he said.
The minister appealed to the aggrieved doctors to read the Labour Act and regulations of the International Labour Organisation on essential services, adding that ‘’Nigeria is the first country in the world where health workers went on strike during a pandemic.