The National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria has urged President Goodluck Jonathan to lift the embargo placed on the employment of resident doctors in teaching hospitals, specialist centres and Federal Medical Centres across the country.
In a statement on Thursday, May 14, NARD noted that such an embargo could lead to the reversal of the gains made in the health sector if nothing is done concerning the situation.
The statement signed by NARD President, Dr. Dan-Jumbo Prince and its Secretary, Dr. Gbujie Daniel, expressed concerns that the embargo on the employment of resident doctors could worsen the health indices in Nigeria.
“The non-employment of resident doctors in teaching hospitals, specialist centres and Federal Medical Centres in the country, which if not immediately reversed, would lead to reversal of the gains in the health sector. It (embargo) could also worsen the health indices in the country. We, therefore, appeal to Mr. President to lift the embargo on employment of resident doctors nationwide to improve on the gains made so far,” it read.
The association urged the Federal Government and Lagos State Government to prevent the extinction of residency training in Nigeria.