Nigeria: Resident Doctors begin indefinite strike

The National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria on Monday June 15, commenced a nationwide strike after the expiration of a 14-day ultimatum.

NARD President, Dr Aliyu Sokomba, who announced this while addressing a press conference in Abuja, said the union has decided to exempt its members working in various coronavirus (COVID-19) isolation and treatment centers across the country.

According to Sokomba, the union took the decision to go on strike as a result of the failed series of meetings between the doctors and the Federal Government in the last two weeks.

Amongst their demands include

– Stoppage of Illegal deductions of Salaries by some state government

– Refund of illegally deducted salaries

-Non-payment of salaries of some members

-Non-payment of COVID19 inducement allowances

-Inadequate supply of Personal Protective Equipment

-Harassment and Assault of Doctors in the line of duty.

– Failure of government to provide life insurance for doctors and other health workers in the frontline.

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