Boisterous activities will soon return at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Ituku, Ozalla, Enugu State as the Association of Resident Doctors, ARD, Sunday suspended their several weeks of industrial action.
The development, it was gathered, has attracted applause from residents of Enugu State and other surrounding States. The strike was called off as a result of an emergency congress held by the union on Sunday.
It was learnt that the meeting was as a result of the intervention by the Honourable Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole.
In a communiqué jointly signed by the President, Dr. Ugwuoke Aloy Ifedinso, Secretary General, Dr Ndiokwelu Chibuzo, and Public Relation Officer, Dr. Chukwuma C. Oraegbunam of the ARD, UNTH, they observed that “the Honourable Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole has in a meeting with the President of Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, Sir Dr. Kayode Obembe and President of National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, Dr. Muhammed Askira, expressed his determination to look into and solve the problems of the Nigerian Health Sector with particular interest in UNTH, being the only federal teaching hospital currently experiencing Industrial disharmony.
“That the Honourable Minister in the meeting, made a passionate appeal that we restore services in UNTH, while he wades into our demands, assuring that he will do all within his powers to see that our demands are given the deserved attention.
“That, though the UNTH Management has acknowledged the genuineness of our demands, the major reason why the strike action has been sustained till now is because we have not seen appreciable intervention in the area of improving services offered and patient care,”the communique disclosed.
The communique added that, “After painstaking deliberations, members unanimously resolved that in honour of the Honourable Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, and in obedience to the directives of the President of our National body, Dr. Muhammad Askira who has also shown enormous support to the struggles of ARD UNTH, members have resolved to suspend the present Industrial action with effect from 8am Monday, 16th November, 2015.
“ARD UNTH succumbed to this intervention from the Honourable Minister of Health as a mark of honour to his new office and hope that the goodwill so generated by this gesture will culminate in the Honourable Minister seeing to the speedy resolution of our agitations as part of his first assignment in office.
“Members appreciate the efforts of the present Government of ‘Change’ ably led by President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR in reforming the health sector in Nigeria.
“We appreciate the support and understanding of the general public in the course of this strike action. Our efforts are sincerely geared towards rebooting UNTH for the benefit of both patients and staff of the hospital.”

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