Resident doctors commence indefinite nationwide strike

Members of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) on Monday, commenced an indefinite nationwide strike.

President of the association, Dr Aliyu Sokomba, announced this while addressing newsmen in Abuja.

According to the NARD president, the meetings had failed to resolve the lingering industrial disputes which include the non-payment of special allowances for the resident doctors.

Sokomba also lamented the deplorable state of hospitals and the lack of protective equipment for members of the union treating COVID-19 patients.

He pointed out that the union decided to exempt its members working in various coronavirus (COVID-19) isolation and treatment centres across the country.

Sokomba, however, stated that exemption of the members attending to COVID-19 patients was for two weeks before they join the industrial action.

He explained that the union took the decision to go on strike as a result of the failed series of meetings between the doctors and the Federal Government in the last two weeks.
Sokomba added that this has exposed many of their colleagues to coronavirus and resulted in the death of some of them.

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