The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole has directed CMDs/MDs of Federal Hospitals to immediately engage the services of Locum Doctors to augment the services of Consultants, NYSC Doctors and Doctors on Internship pending the resolution of the on-going strike action by the Resident Doctors.
This was contained in a circular Ref. No. C. 3132/Vol. V/116, of 5th September, 2017, addressed to all CMDs/MDs of Federal Tertiary Health Institutions across the country.
This move, according to the Minister was an attempt to reduce the increased workload of Consultants, NYSC Doctors and House officers thereby preventing reduction in quality of service delivery to patients.
A statement by Boade Akinola, Director, Media and Public Relations Tuesday said “You will recall that the Honourable Minister had earlier approved the use of Armed forces, Police and Federal Road Safety Health Facilities in ensuring continuous provision of health care services in the hospitals.
“This new directive was to further provide additional support to the Federal government Hospitals to strengthen service delivery.
“The government is committed to fulfilling her mandate of providing health to its citizens no matter the circumstances we find ourselves” the statement said.