Nigeria minister of Health, Professor, Onyebuchi Chukwu has made it clear that at no time the federal government sacked the 16,000 resident doctors across the country.
Answering reporters’ questions today at the Presidential Villa, Professor Chukwu said that there was no basis for the government to sack people that have not been working in the last two months.
“People that have not been at their duty posts for nearly two months now cannot cry of being sacked.”
The minister said that what has happened is that the government, faced with current Ebola Disease challenge, wants to re-focus.
According to him, this has become necessary in view of the fact that the affected doctors have remained unhelpful in the war against Ebola disease, adding that even the government is still paying the salaries of the striling doctors.
Professor Chukwu said that the government would engage the doctors in some talks only when return to work, saying that as at now, there is no avenue for such talks.
…for 2 months now they are not working and not part of Ebola treatment and we are still paying them. [myad]