Residents doctors to resume strike, give govt condition

The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) on Saturday said that it would resume its suspended nationwide strike in three weeks if the Federal Government fails to meet its demands.

The association’s President, Aliyu Sokomba, disclosed this in Abuja.

NARD had, on June 22, suspended its nationwide strike, after a virtual meeting of over 300 of its members.

Sokomba, at the time, said the association suspended the strike to give the Federal and State Governments time to fulfill its outstanding demands.

The association declared an indefinite strike on June 15 over several demands including the provision of adequate PPE for all healthcare workers and immediate reversal of the disengagement of all 26 resident doctors at the University Teaching Hospital in Jos, the Plateau State capital.

Other demands were the universal implementation of the Medical Residency Training Act in all Federal and State Hospitals and ensuring pay parity among doctors of an equal cadre.

The doctors also asked the government to implement the revised hazard and payment of agreed COVID-19 inducement allowances, as well as stop and immediately refund all cuts in salaries of their colleagues in Kaduna and other states.

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