COVID-19:Resident Doctors Suspend Strike

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Resident doctors have suspended their indefinite strike action, which started on June 15.

The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) acknowledged provision of personal protective equipment (PPEs) in some hospitals but said there were still needs for sustained supplies.

NARD President Dr. Aliyu Sokomba made these known in Abuja at a briefing after its extraordinary virtual National Executive Council (NEC) meeting.

The doctors also announced the Medical Residency Training funding has been included in the revised 2020 budget through the intervention of Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila and will be implemented as soon as the budget is assented to by the President.

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They however gave the Federal Government four weeks to make good its promises.

He said: “The NEC acknowledges the provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to some hospitals. However these PPEs are consumables and non-reusable, therefore the need for sustained supply.

The Medical residency training funding has been included in the revised  2020 budget through the intervention of the Hon. Speaker, House of  Representative and will be implemented as soon as the budget is assented to  by the President. At the same time, we await the fulfillment of the promise made by the Nigeria Governors Forum to ensure same is done in all the states.

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“On the Salary shortfall for 2014-2016, The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) has promised to intervene. Government has shown commitment to procure group life insurance for health workers.

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