The Minister of Labour and Employment in Nigeria, Dr. Chris Ngige has submitted that it is totally wrong for Doctors to go on strike.
The Minister in his submission on Sunday in Abuja stated that human lives are at stake and it’s also a disrepute to the profession when doctors go on strike.
Ngige made the submission at the induction of six University of Abuja (UniAbuja) medical graduates into the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN).
Naija News gathered one of his sons, Andrew Ngige was among the graduates inducted on Sunday.
According to Ngige in a statement signed by the deputy director, press and public relations in his ministry, Charles Akpan, the primary duty of doctors is to save lives and any life lost due to strike action can never be brought back.
In his words, “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,” the minister said in a statement signed by Charles Akpan, deputy director, press and public relations in the ministry.
“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.”