The countrywide strike by doctors in Nigeria is having a widespread impact. The doctors began their strike on August 11. Initially resident doctors struck work to force the government to implement an earlier agreement on wages and working conditions. The resident doctors have now been joined by consultants.
The action of the doctors is impacting services in all the states, with hospitals being shut down. The Central and state governments have been resorting to threats to the doctors to get them to return to work.
There is general sympathy for the doctors among other sections of the working people, especially the teachers and professors. They have called upon the people at large to focus their anger on the Federal government instead of falling prey to the propaganda that “doctors are neglecting patients”.