The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, has said it is unethical for doctors to go on strike.
He said this during the induction of six University of Abuja (UniAbuja) medical graduates into the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) on Sunday December 26.
The Minister tasked the inductees against joining others whenever there is a strike action.
Charles Akpan, deputy director, press and public relations in the ministry, disclosed this in a statement.
Ngige was quoted as saying, “I am a medical doctor. One of you being inducted here is my second son. My first son is also a medical doctor. My daughter is also a medical doctor. By virtue of ethics, our oath as doctors is to save lives. That is our primary duty.
“If doctors go on strike, people die. That is the truth. Human life is irreplaceable. How do you bring back people who have died as a result of doctors not being at their duty posts?
“It is unethical for doctors to embark on strike. I have said it so many times in the past, and I will continue to say it. Doctors should not go on strike. Therefore, you should desist from going on strike in the interest of humanity and our noble profession.”