Resident Doctors Threaten Fresh Strike August 17

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The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) on Saturday extended the ultimatum given to the Federal Government to meet its demands by another three weeks.

 

The new deadline is expected to elapse on the 17th of August, after which the doctors will resume its indefinite strike action, if its demands remain unmet.

 

The association complained bitterly about the lack of commitment on the part of the government to honour its promises shortly after the doctors’ association called off its strike on the 22nd of June.

 

It particularly noted that although the COVID-19 hazard allowance payment started, it was subsequently abandoned abruptly immediately the doctors suspended strike.

 

Also, the medical residency training funding, although captured in the revised 2020 budget, is yet to commence.

 

The President of NARD, Dr. Aliyu Sokomba, disclosed this in Abuja at a briefing after its extraordinary virtual National Executive Council (NEC) meeting, which was attended by over 200 members of the association across the country.

 

He said, “NEC demands that various hospitals should be provided with the necessary infrastructures and sustain the provision of the needed personal protective equipment and funding of various tertiary health institutions.

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