Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has described the nationwide strike, by health workers in federal hospitals, as from Tuesday midnight, as illegal.
The apex body of Nigeria’s medical doctors said its members will not participate in the strike.
NMA president, Professor Mike Ogirima, addressing a news conference, said the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU), which is coordinating the proposed strike, is illegal, because it is not registered.
Ogirima alleged that the strike is aimed at the medical doctors in public hospitals because, according to him, health workers envy medical doctors.
The NMA president, warning the Presidency not to accede to the demands of the health workers, said all over the world, there is relativity added to medical doctors, different from other health workers.
“Nobody is preventing them (JOHESU) from getting a salary increase. But all over the world, there is relativity package for medical workers different from other health workers.
“In Nigeria and other countries, doctors are always at advantaged position, that is why most of these other health workers are trying by all means to get that degree called medical doctor. But we know the difference because doctors are trained in all paraphernalia of medical practice, that is why all over the world doctors have a different salary package from others”, Mr Ogirima said.
NMA, according to Ogirima, will resist any attempt by the Presidency to tamper with the relativity of salary which is applicable in the global health sector.