Nurses under the aegis of University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA) have appealed to the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) to shelve its planned nationwide strike.
The association, in a statement, yesterday, said the oath of allegiance “to God and humanity by health workers was sacrosanct” and that “no reason was good enough for anyone to breach it in the name of strike’’.
The association in a statement issued in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State by its National Secretary, Mr Goodluck Nshi, pointed out that innocent Nigerians were unnecessarily being punished each time care delivery was disrupted by industrial action.
“It is, to say the least, inhuman, for anybody to contemplate visiting more hardship on innocent Nigerians…
“Strike breaches our oath of allegiance and should in no way be an option at all in the health system that is very critical to the lives and general well-being of the populace,” the statement said.
“It is the ordinary Nigerians, who do not have the wherewithal to go abroad for treatment that are unnecessarily punished each time the health sector is grounded by strike.
“We appeal passionately to NARD to have a rethink of its position.
“Strike breaches our oath of allegiance and should in no way be an option at all in the health system that is very critical to the lives and general well-being of the populace.