The Chief Medical Director, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Prof. Chris Bode, has stated that the present Federal Ministry of Health’s policy on no-work no-pay has greatly saved the health of most Nigerians, who otherwise would not have been accessing treatment due to incessant strike actions in the health sector.
He has said that it was heartwarming to know that most medical and health workers were beginning to understand that strike actions in the sector do not solve any issue, but rather affects patients negatively, with some losing their lives because of inability to be attended to. “Now the 10 or 15 members who spearhead this are no longer taken seriously by other members of their associations. In the last few months they have called for strike action four times, but my doctors disregarded them and continued their work. The strike actions were unsuccessful.
He has also said that the FMOH has made it clear other mediums should be considered to resolve issues because we deal with human lives. Nigerians must be able to access healthcare and its personnel anytime they want.
Meanwhile he stated that many good things were happening in the health sector that the media must showcase in order to instill confidence in Nigerians that they don’t need to access healthcare abroad when institutions like LUTH can provide treatments. “Let’s encourage our health institutions doing good work by writing about their efforts,” he added.
The Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu who was represented by the Centre’s Technical Assistant on Communication, Dr. Lawal Bakare who spoke on ‘Disease Outbreaks: The NCDC Experience has said that the centre was doing a lot in terms of prevention, detection and response, saying that the centre was operating an open door policy such that information on disease outbreaks were put on its website for everyone to access, adding that it was also very active on social media in order to be able to engage Nigerians and get information in the shortest time possible.
He has said that NCDC is also strengthening the capacity of states through the National Surveillance Meeting, which has helped in engaging various states on their level of capacity in disease control.”

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