Resident doctors to start nationwide strike September 7


Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, has declared Monday September 7, another commencement day for its nationwide strike.

 This was contained in a statement endorsed and made available to journalists by NARD President, Dr Aliyu Sokomba; Secretary, Dr Bilqis Mohammad, and the Publicity Secretary, Dr Egbogu Stanley on Thursday.

 According to the statement, the strike has to begin after the 21-day ultimatum given to the Federal Government which exhausted last August 17.

It stated that NARD has been asking the Federal Government to implement the residency funding, COVID-19 allowance, hazard allowance and all the outstanding salary shortfalls of three years, 2014, 2015, and 2016.

It was reported that NARD had embarked on an indefinite strike but it was suspended on June 22 after the intervention by Federal Government and other stakeholders in the health sector.

The statement partly reads: “NEC resolved to proceed on indefinite nationwide strike action from Monday 7th of September 2020 by 8:00am until the following conditions are met; immediate payment of the Medical Residency Training funding to all her members as approved in the revised 2020 budget; provision of genuine Group life insurance and death in service benefits for all health workers.

“Payment of the outstanding April/May and June COVID-19 inducement allowance to all health workers; determination of the revised hazard allowance for all health workers as agreed in previous meetings with relevant stakeholders; immediate payment of the salary shortfalls of 2014, 2015 and 2016.

“Doctors working under the various tertiary health institutions to be placed on appropriate salary grade level and universal implementation of the Medical Residency Training Act of 2017 in all state tertiary health institutions; payment of all arrears owed our members in Federal and states tertiary health institutions, arising from the consequential adjustment of the National minimum wage."

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