Imminent collapse of health services nationwide looms following a threat by doctors under the auspices of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, to withdraw their services from public health institutions starting from December 14.
Yesterday, NMA President, Dr. Osahon Enebulele, said in a statement entitled "Countdown to Expiration of the December 14, 2013 Deadline" that it became necessary for the association to employ this measure.
He accused the Federal Government of "apparent levity and lack of concrete commitment."
The government was also blamed for being insensitive to the plight of doctors. The statement urged Nigerians to hold the Minister of Health responsible for any crisis that erupts in the health sector.
It was alleged that for over five months NMA had recurrently engaged the Federal Government through the Ministry of Health, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation on issues bordering on challenges faced by doctors.
What is more, it was also stated that on September 2 NMA issued a 21-day ultimatum for the Federal Government to consider the problems faced by the association.
It will be recalled that NMA had earlier extended its ultimatum twice.