The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, on Friday, June 19, lauded the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari; saying it is the most sincere and serious government the country has ever had.
Ehanire made this assertion during a media programme on Friday; while revealing that the president will fulfill his promises to the health workers on strike.
He asked resident doctors in the country to end their strike because the government is sympathetic to their plight.
“We have made it clear to them that this government is the most sincere and serious government this country has ever had. His word is his bond,” Ehanire said.
“This government has a record of being sympathetic to people, of meeting its obligations and keeping to its promises.
“This government does things differently.
This is a government that says its word and keeps to its words. We work in your interest.
“We are going through a very difficult time with other countries and this is quite clearly not the time to add more to our problems by deciding to go on strike.
“I am worried that we are probably the first and only country where doctors have decided to go on strike.”
Resident doctors embarked on a nationwide strike on Monday after the expiration of the 14-day ultimatum they issued to the federal government.
A meeting between the federal government as well as members of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) ended in a deadlock on Tuesday.
Ehanire had threatened that doctors absent from duty would lose their jobs; and he also asked for the opening of attendance registers in health institutions across the country.
Meanwhile, the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 pandemic says the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, remains one of the red spots where community spread of the virus is prevalent.
The Chairman of the COVID-19 taskforce, Boss Mustapha, made this known on Friday, June 19; while receiving a donation of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) worth N10 million from Rotary District 9125.
Mustapha was represented by the Permanent Secretary (General Services Office), Mr Olusegun Adekunle.
He also said that 20 local government areas currently contributed 60 per cent of the COVID-19 cases in the country.
The PTF chairman listed the affected areas to include: Mainland, Abuja Municipal, Mushin, Eti-Osa, Tarauni, Katsina, Alimosho, Maiduguri, Kosofe as well as Dutse.
Others were Ikeja; Nassarawa; Oshodi/Isolo; Apapa; Amuwo Odofin; Oredo; Bauchi; Lagos Island; Surulere; as well as Ado Odo/Ota.