The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole has directed CMDs/MDs of Federal Hospitals to immediately engage the services of Locum Doctors to argument the services of Consultants, NYSC Doctors and Doctors on Internship pending the resolution of the on-going strike action by the Resident Doctors.
This according to the Honourable 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, said Boade Akinola, director, media and public Relations in a statement.
The directive 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 new directive was to further provide additional support to the Federal government Hospitals to strengthen service delivery. The health 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.
The government is committed to fulfilling her mandate of providing health to its citizens no matter the circumstances we find ourselves, the minister said.