Nigeria Labour Congress has described the recent sack of 16,000 resident doctors across the country by the Federal Government as ill-advised.
In a statement issued on Monday by its President Abdulwhaeed Omar, the NLC therefore called on government to rescind its decision by recalling them because of the prevailing situation in the health sector.
He posited that what the country needs urgently is recruitment of more health professionals, well equipped public hospitals, and a well organized health system capable of responding to the health concerns of its growing population and not sacking of any category of health personnel.
Omar stated, “We believe the Federal Government was misadvised and also misled by this action. It is clearly unwarranted to sack doctors just as we are collectively faced with the challenge of the Ebola Virus.
“It is even more dangerous to sack medical personnel in a country of over 170 million people with a ratio of one doctor to over five thousand patients.
“The Federal Government needs to carry out an urgent audit of our public health sector to determine the state of the sector in terms of equipment, personnel and funding.
“While workers, and indeed all Nigerians, are at great risk and require adequate protection, those in the medical sector should particularly be sufficiently equipped and given incentives to guarantee their safety and boost morale.
“No country can afford, specifically at these trying times, to neglect its health sector, including the personnel that work there”.