Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole has said that the Federal Government will not tolerate strikes by doctors again.
He said this during the inauguration of 12 projects executed and completed by Chief Medical Director, Dr. Majekodunmi Ayodele at the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti (FETHI) on Monday.
He condemned incessant strikes by doctors in federal health institutions, saying the Federal Government would no longer tolerate “coups” against chief medical directors (CMDs).
He said: “It is unfortunate that our national hospitals are better known for strikes, rather than services.The human factor is the most important; we should learn to put services above all other considerations in our agitations as medical practitioners because some of the cases I have handled in recent time were more of how to get more pay and not about commitment.”
He alleged that those engaging in the fueling crises in federal health institutions are those fighting to replace the present occupiers of the seats of CMDs. “But I want to warn that they should wait for their time,” he said.
Meanwhile the Federal Government has reiterated its commitment to building 10,000 primary health centres in 774 local government areas to make medical care available to more Nigerians and decongest tertiary health institutions.
Adewole disclosed this, adding that the facilities would provide quality health service to over 60 million indigent citizens within the next two years under the health agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to him, President Buhari is determined to alleviate the citizens’ sufferings in the area of quality healthcare by providing more facilities at both the primary and secondary health institutions.
The minister decried a situation in which minor health problems expected to be treated at primary and secondary health centres were taken to teaching hospitals, stressing that government planned to decongest tertiary health institutions by 70 per cent.
Adewole said: “The tertiary institutions are not meant to treat malaria or skin rashes, but to attend to critical issues.
“We are determined to take away over 70 per cent of patients from the teaching hospitals, but the heads of tertiary institutions must find a way to relate freely with this cadre for effective healthcare delivery.