Resident Doctors Commences Nationwide Strike
In line with its previous warning to the federal government, members of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, have commenced a nationwide strike today, 1st April, 2021.
NARD who took to their Twitter handle @nard_nigeria to intimate members of the public on the industrial action wrote;
“Nigerians must understand that we love them and the strike is not intended to hurt them but to challenge the Nigerian government @MBuhari @Fmohnigeria @LabourMinNG whose responsibilities amongst others is to care for her citizens and labour force to do the needful.
NARD had said a few days ago that it would embark on an indefinite strike beginning from April 1 if the Federal Government failed to meet its demands.
Recall that the association after its National Executive Council meeting on Saturday, 27th March 2021,stated that the ultimatum given to the federal government to meet its demand will expire by 12 midnight on the 31st of March 2021.
They are demanding among other things, payment of all salaries arrears, payment of death in service insurance for all health workers who died as a result of COVID-19 infections and other infectious disease in the country, payment of the outstanding COVID-19 inducement allowance especially in state-owned tertiary Institutions.
Resident doctors make up a large percentage of doctors in Nigeria’s tertiary hospitals and the strike is coming at a time when President Muhammadu Buhari is in London for a medical check-up