RESIDENT DOCTORS TO COMMENCE AN INDEFINITE STRIKE ON THURSDAY
Members of the National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, will commence an indefinite strike on Thursday April 1, 2021 by 8am.
The president of the association, Dr. Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, confirmed the development in a statement issued at the end of its extraordinary National Executive Council meeting held on Saturday, and a post made on their official Twitter handle, stating that the ultimatum given to the federal government to meet its demand will expire by 12 midnight on the 31st of March 2021, with no significant achievement.
They lamented on the inhumane treatment meted out on some members in state tertiary institutions, inability of the federal government to review health hazard allowance as it still remains a paltry sum of #5,000, non-payment of arrears of salaries dating back to 2014 to members across the country.
The association is 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.