THE Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has threatened to embark on strike in solidarity with the ongoing nationwide strike by the Association of Resident Doctors (NARD).
It warned that it would join forces if resident doctors were not paid all their due wages and the strike lingers.
NMA in a statement issued on Friday, signed by its Chairman on Inter Affiliate Affairs, Dr. Rosemary Uzowulu, described the ongoing strike as unnecessary if those in corridors of power were sincere.
It accused the political leaders of playing a game with the health of Nigerians because they could afford overseas medical treatment.
The statement partly read: “It is most unfortunate that budget allocation for newspapers for assembly members, state governors, The Presidency is approved and implemented within days of signing by Mr. President, and yet the residency training allocation budgeted and endorsed cannot be implemented.
“The country in face of the high cost of governance has decided to use the health of her subject to play chess game where king and queens display the power of crown by killing their guards.
“I call on well-meaning Nigerians across the country to quickly put a stop to the strike by mandating those concerned, including the state governors for state hospitals, to pay the resident doctors all their due wages or stand the chance of black cloud collapse from NMA if the battle lingers.”