The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has opposed the call by the striking health workers under the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) for the removal of Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole. The health workers have been on strike for five weeks, disrupting services in Nigeria’s public hospitals. They called for Mr Adewole’s sack last week, accusing him of bias and supporting medical doctors who are opposed to their demands. But the NMA on Thursday in a statement by its President, Francis Faduyile, described the call as an act of “rascality and disregard” for the office of the Health Minister.
“We observe with dismay the maligning of the Honourable Ministers of Health and that of Labour and Productivity by JOHESU, calling them all sorts of uncomplimentary names. “This is an act of rascality and disregard. This call for the removal of the Minister of Health has finally exposed their motive for disrupting the progress recorded in the Ministry of Health in the last three years of the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration.