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Strike: Sultan urges doctors to embrace dialogue



Strike: Sultan urges doctors to embrace dialogue

By Habibu Harisu

Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, urged striking members of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) to end their ongoing strike and engage in dialogue.

Abubakar III made the appeal during the opening ceremony of the 20th Nigerian National Pediatric Surgeon’s Conference (APSON) on Friday in Sokoto.

He called on doctors to also respect the court order to resume work in the interest of the nation, and advised them to involve elders, traditional leaders and other stakeholders to engage in dialogue with the nation. government.

The Sultan said that a strike should be the last option to resolve labor disputes, especially for medical workers whose responsibility is to save the lives of citizens.

In his remarks, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, said his government has prioritized the health sector by recognizing that a healthy population is always productive.

Tambuwal was represented by the Commissioner for Health, Dr Ali Inname.

He said his administration was building a teaching hospital, the first three hospitals in the state’s three senatorial districts to provide tertiary health care to the people.

The governor further said that some general hospitals in the state had also been upgraded to provide better health services.

Tambuwal noted that the state has not recorded any cases of COVID-19 in the past 165 days.

Previously, the president of the APSON National Association, Prof. Auwal Abubakar, called on the federal government to establish specialized children’s hospitals across the country.

Abubakar said this has become necessary due to the fact that children make up around 50 percent of the country’s population and have demanding health needs.

He suggested that at least the government should establish a specialized children’s hospital in each of the country’s six geopolitical regions.

The president urged the government to invest in equipping health facilities across the country to enable efficient delivery of health care to help reduce medical tourism.

Abubakar also called for free medical care for children at all levels to improve health indices in the country.

The conference is expected to address challenges such as anterior abdominal wall defects, pediatric diseases; disadvantages and outlook as well as the impact of COVID-19 on the practice of pediatric surgery in Nigeria.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the association also provided free medical services and a health awareness campaign as part of the four-day events

Source: NAN

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