Don’t join strikes, Ngige tells newly-inducted doctors

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The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, has asked newly-inducted doctors to desist from partici­pating in incessant strikes be­cause it is unethical for doctors to embark on strike.

The minister gave the charge in a statement signed by Charles Akpan, Deputy Director, Press, and Public Relations in the ministry, on Sunday in Abuja.

Ngige gave the charge while speaking at the induction of six medical graduates of the University of Abuja (UniAbu­ja) into the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN).

Ngige whose son, Dr. An­drew Ngige, is among the new inductees, urged the medical graduates to be of good be­haviour and uphold the high­est ethical standards while carrying out their duties.

He noted that the medical profession is a noble one and hence, they should abstain from any conduct which is capable of bringing their esteemed profession to disre­pute.

“I am a medical doctor. One of you being inducted here is my second son. My first son is also a medical doctor. My daughter is also a medical doctor. By virtue of ethics, our oath as doctors is to save lives. That is our primary duty.

“If doctors go on strike, peo­ple die. That is the truth. Hu­man life is irreplaceable. How do you bring back people who have died as a result of doctors not being at their duty posts?

“It is unethical for doctors to embark on strike. I have said it so many times in the past and I will continue to say it. Doctors should not go on strike. Therefore, you should desist from going on strike in the interest of humanity and our noble profession,” he said.

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