The Nigerian Medical Association, Cross River State branch, announced
the suspension of the strike in a statement signed by the Chairman, Dr.
Agam Ayuk, and Secretary, Dr. Epoke Ezoke.
The statement, titled, ‘Communinique issued by the Nigerian Medical
Association, Cross River State’, was issued after an emergency general
meeting on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, to appraise the issues that led to the
withdrawal of medical services by the association.
“We are most grateful to the Secretary to the Government of the
Federation and Chairman Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss
Mustapha and the Honourable Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Enahire, for
the timely 17-member delegation from the Presidential Task Force (PTF)
and Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) led by the Executive Director/CEO
National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Faisal Shuaib that
arrived Calabar on 6th July 2020, to set up a COVID-19 response strategy
in Cross River State that will align with the national response.
“We deeply appreciate the Director-General, Nigeria Centre for Disease
Control and Prevention (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu for the activation
of two (2) COVID-19 Test Centres at the University of Calabar Teaching
Hospital and Lawrence Henshaw Memorial Hospital, Calabar.
“We also appreciate the NMA President, Prof. I.A.O. Ujah, the National
Officers’ Committee and members of NMA for their support to NMA Cross
River State,” the statement read in part.
The association said it welcomes the official recognition of the five
COVID-19 confirmed cases from the University of Calabar Teaching
Hospital by the NCDC which had resolved the lingering uncertainties
negatively impacting public health and safety and had provided clarity
to the COVID-19 status of Cross River State and the required response
It said, “We enjoin the Cross River State Government to keep to the
resolutions of the meeting held between PTF/FMOH COVID-19 delegation,
Nigerian Medical Association – Cross River State branch and the Cross
River State Ministry of Health signed on July 7, 2020.
“The association hereby suspends the total and indefinite withdrawal of
medical services in all public and private hospitals in Cross River
State with effect from today, 7th July 2020.
“We appeal to citizens of Cross River State to follow the NCDC
guidelines on infection prevention and control while reinforcing our
commitment to working with the Federal and State governments to contain
the spread of COVID-19.”