The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige has been criticised by the Nigerian Medical Association for saying developed nations like the United States and the United Kingdom don’t pay resident doctors.
the Minister who is also a medical Doctor had criticised the National Association of Resident Doctors for embarking on a nationwide strike, stating that developed countries don’t pay resident doctors.
Reacting in a statement by its National President, Prof. Innocent Ujah; and its Secretary-General, Dr Phillips Ekpe, the NMA knocked Ngige for his approach towards ending the strike.
The statement read in part, “The attention of the NMA has been drawn to a recent live interview granted on Channels TV on Friday, April 2, 2021, by the Minister of Labour, Dr Chris Ngige.
“In the interview, the minister alleged that in the USA and other developed countries, resident doctors pay for their residency training abroad, whereas, in Nigeria, the government pays them.
“In as much as we appreciate the efforts being made by the government to resolve the issues that have led to this avoidable and unnecessary industrial action by NARD, the NMA wishes to clarify the misinformation by the minister in the interview, which is seriously viewed to be a hate speech capable of bringing down the health system in Nigeria and thereby worsening the health care delivery and further escalate the rather unimaginable current brain drain.”