Resident Doctors Threaten To Resume Another Nationwide Strike

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The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has announced that another nationwide strike will begin effective from Monday September 7.

In a statement signed by the association’s President Dr Aliyu Sokomba; Secretary, Dr Bilqis Mohammad, and the Publicity Secretary, Dr Egbogu Stanley, it said the strike would commence after the 21-day ultimatum it gave to the Federal Government elapsed on August 17.

The doctors are demanding from the Federal Government the implementation of residency funding, COVID-19 allowance, hazard allowance as well as the outstanding salary shortfall of 2014, 2015, and 2016.

On June 15, NARD had embarked on an indefinite strike. The strike was suspended on June 22 after the intervention on the Federal Government and other stakeholders in the health sector.

The statement read in part: “Doctors working under the various tertiary health institutions to be placed on appropriate salary grade level and universal implementation of the Medical Residency Training Act of 2017 in all state tertiary health institutions; payment of all arrears owed our members in Federal and states tertiary health institutions, arising from the consequential adjustment of the National minimum wage.”

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