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Nigeria Doctors Call Off Strike

The Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, on Sunday announced the suspension of the strike which it embarked upon on July 1 Announcing the calling off of the industrial action to journalists in Abuja Sunday, Kayode Obembe, the association’s president said that all doctors will resume work tomorrow, Monday. He said that the decision to suspend the strike was taken at an emergency meeting of the NMA and that it followed assurances by the federal government to address some of the demands of the aggrieved doctors. He added that the association also took the decision for doctors to return to work in view of the present health challenges facing the country, apparently referring to the outbreak of the Ebola disease in the country. It is believed that one of the agreements that may have been reached between the government and the association is that resident doctors sacked over a week ago would be reinstated. The NMA declared a strike action on July 1 alleging that the federal government was not serious about addressing its demands. After the association failed to accede to President Goodluck Jonathan’s appeal that doctors return to work in the face of the outbreak of Ebola, the federal government sacked resident doctors who form the majority of the membership of the NMA.