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Three reasons Strikes will continue in Nigeria’s Health Sector

No part of public service in Nigeria has experienced more strikes than the health sector. Right now, public tertiary hospitals in Nigeria are struggling to get back to life after another series of strikes. The University College Hospital, Ibadan, was crippled for 108 days by a strike called by the Association of Resident Doctors. At […]

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To protest, or not to protest – a doctor's dilemma

The protests on the withdrawal of petrol subsidies in Nigeria has provided doctors with an ethical dilemma. Do they join the protests on the petrol subsidy removal and “close shop”, or stay in their clinics and hospitals since the service they provide is  an essential one? In many cases, this is a rhetorical question as […]

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How did it get to this full blown crisis in our health sector?

The simmering crisis in our public health care sector has now become a disaster as staff working in hospitals managed directly by the Federal Government have closed shop. If you have been following us on twitter you would have seen as more states joined strikes, all most on a daily basis. The Guardian reports that medical personnel are […]

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Crisis in the health sector – but who cares?

We have spent the last few months in the Nigerian press quarrelling about “zoning”. Almost no airtime is given to the issues that challenge our country. The political landscape appears to be an issues free zone. Even at the best of times, health hardly makes it on the political agenda. I have often wondered what […]

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They don't get it – our Senators and our health

Anyone following Nigerian politics will have seen the uproar in the press when the the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr Lamido Sanusi made public, and stood his ground despite public hounding by our “distinguished” senators that the National Assembly consumed 25 per cent of Federal Government’s total overhead budget.You might ask…but what has that […]

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Patients suffer as Nigerian healthcare workers continue strikes; who cares?

This piece is contributed by Chima Onoka. Chima is a friend and colleague. In this honest piece he contributes his thoughts about the ongoing strike that has paralysed public tertiary centres across Nigeria. I wonder how many other colleagues are thinking the same. As we remain quiet…and watch our hospitals deteriorate further, I cannot help but to agonise about […]

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The Minister of Health, Resident doctors and strikes

Minister and Perm Sec of FMOH Since resumption of office, the Minister of Health has faced challenges of industrial disharmony in the health sector, largely inherited, all protracted and mostly on issues relating to the payment of doctors. Presently, a strike by the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors has paralysed tertiary care centres across the country. […]