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Nigerian Doctors Meeting Ends In Deadlock, Vote To Continue Strike

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Doctors in Nigeria yesterday voted for the continuation of the seven-day old strike embarked upon by the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Metropole Magazine gathered.

This decision by the resident doctors was taken at a meeting with the Federal Government delegation in Abuja, following a meeting at the weekend, where it was resolved by the members that the action should be sustained until all their demands were met.

NMA, however, commenced a meeting in Abuja as of press time on Monday to determine whether to call off the strike or not.

The Federal Government had at the weekend agreed to implement the minimal achievable demands out of the actual 24-point demands of the doctors, which the doctors rejected.

Meanwhile, seven days into the nationwide strike, the situation in public hospitals across the country by newsmen remains the same.
A visit to some of the hospitals in Lagos, after the weekend, revealed empty wards, idle health workers and empty outpatient departments.
From the gates of the hospitals, a first time visitor is confronted by empty buildings and an almost grave yard silence that is unusual in a hospital setting, particularly a tertiary institution.

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