Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has advised doctors who are currently on strike to be humble, rather than “playing God.”
He gave the admonition while speaking at the 2nd Summit of Medical Elders Forum in Abuja.
The programme was organised by the African Health Budget Network with the theme ‘Medical Profession: a Look into the Past, Present and Future.’
Nigige, who expressed concerns over the state of the health sector, said the medical profession was in danger.
“At no time in the history of NMA (Nigerian Medical Association) and the medical association, was I seeing our association and our profession ever being in danger as I am seeing them now.
“Many people will not see it, but from where I am sitting and standing, I can see danger ahead.
“We are one of the oldest professions on earth, metamorphosing from natural and traditional healers to take away pain from people and consequentially save lives.
“We don’t create lives, God creates, we only preserve peoples lives through the act of God. In doing so, God has given us some powers.
“But there is something God does not want, God does not want when he gives you powers you use it to try to say that you are like him or you are competing with him.
“God loves you to do that which he has asked you to do; to use that power with humility,” Ngige said.
The minister lamented that the present administration has faced about four strikes since 2015.
“Doctors should ask themselves questions; why is it that it is when your colleagues are in government that you go on the greatest number of strikes?
“Some of these colleagues were Presidents, Secretaries-General of the Nigerian Medical Association and even NARD (Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors),” he added.