Nigeria’s Resident Doctors begin strike Thursday

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…Over non-payment of all salaries arrears, others.

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Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, president of the National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, has warned that members of the association will begin an ‘indefinite strike’ on Thursday if the ultimatum given to the federal government to meet its demand expires on March 31, 2021 with no significant achievement.

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The NARD president confirmed this in a statement issued at the end of its extraordinary National Executive Council (NEC) meeting held on Saturday.

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According to him, “The NEC unanimously agreed that NARD should proceed on a total and indefinite strike on the 1st of April 2021, by 8 am if the demands are not met.”

 

The doctors who constitute a large percentage of doctors in Nigeria’s tertiary hospitals are demanding payment of all salaries arrears, review of the current hazard allowance to 50 per cent of consolidated basic salaries of all health workers and payment of the outstanding COVID-19 inducement allowance especially in state-owned tertiary Institutions.

The NARD is the umbrella body of all Resident Doctors in institutions where residency training is offered in Nigeria.

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