He also urged others considering strikes to opt for negotiation to resolve issues, no matter how long it takes.
The President appealed when he was members of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) in the State House, Abuja, on Friday.
According to the president, the lives of citizens who can be lost or damaged if doctors go out of service are precious enough to opt for a peaceful settlement of differences.
Buhari said any outstanding services owed to doctors would be released upon review, noting that it was not a good option in one to initiate a labor dispute in the critical health phase for the country and the citizens.
He said: “The protection of our citizens is not left to the government alone, but is to be seen as a collective responsibility in which medical professionals in particular make a decision nth role.
“Let me speak directly to the striking doctors. During this time, when Nigerians need you most to get on industrial action, regardless of the complaints, is not the best action Contractors, and we even reviewed past administrations’ debts once a proper review was done. The actual debts owed by the health workers will be settled.
“I learned that some of the 12-point claims have already been addressed in the current strike. Although the review of a new hazard pay has not yet been fully negotiated because of the sharp and deep divisions within the ranks of the striking doctors. ”
The President said the pending question from one of the Head of Service, the House Officers , Removed NYSC Doctors from the System of Service, received an amendment circular from the National Salaries and Wages Commission to clarify that they would continue to earn their associated wages according to their current pay structure. that the agreement, which was established in the sessions of 20 The Sector Reform Committee, chaired by the Vice President.
The committee will identify and address vulnerabilities in the health system and align it with global best practices that increase public confidence .
“We are also supporting initiatives to expand health insurance coverage and provide more R Resources for Health Financing.
“We have many more challenges ahead of us and much more to do for our large population.
” Respectfully, it is important to you too remind that your responsibility for the health and well-being of Nigerians as senior medical personnel and representatives of one of the most respected professional groups in the world is clear.
“It doesn’t just end with the well-being of your members, it continues continued with a sense of responsibility for the entire country and its socio-political health and national stability, “he added.
He also noted that Nigeria’s source of income has been shrinking over many years with an increasing population.
“The global economy has been seriously hit by the pandemic, and despite the recent good news of economic growth of more than five percent in Nigeria in the last quarter, we have, like mei Most other countries still face budgetary challenges.
“The source of income on which Nigeria has depended for so long has seen a global decline, our population is growing rapidly and the resulting tensions are fueling excitement among ours Youth.
“Organizations like the NMA could play a very useful moderating role in society,” he said.
The President praised the positive role the NMA played as the top medical association in Nigeria have played. especially with regard to the ongoing industrial action.
“This is an appropriate role for the NMA as a mature organization led by responsible members with years of experience. I am also proud to hear of various accomplishments that have been achieved in our hospitals, ” he said.
He cited such accomplishments to contribute to the separation of Siamese twins as well as the valiant efforts of health workers handling to take into account the Covid-19 pandemic.
He said this has earned them recognition both domestically and internationally and congratulated the NMA on the recent appointment of one of its members as Deputy Director General of the World Health Organization.
“We congratulate Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu once again on his appointment. ”
In his remarks, Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire said that the NMA has a vital role to play in the development of the health sector, especially in the fight against pandemics, participation in policymaking and population health.
The President of the NMA, Prof. Innocent Ujah, thanked the President for the appointments elected members in strategic positions in government and agreed to the Medical Residency Act and vaccination protection.
Ujah said the association was looking into industrial action initiated by doctors and had done its best to alleviate the suffering of patients all over the country while calling for an urgent resolution.
The NMA President thanked Buhari for starting up the first federal health science universities in Otukpo, Benue State; Azare, Bauchi State and Ila Orangun, Osun State.
However, Ujah proposed a suitable funding module for the new institutions.