Medical doctors in teaching hospitals and primary healthcare centres across the country nave been paid their hazard allowance worth N15.8 billion.
This was revealed by Nigeria’s Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, during a meeting that was organised to review the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the government and resident doctors.
The minister also explained that the federal government has cleared the April and May special allowances. According to him, medical personnel can now draw their normal salaries and other allowances.
The payment followed threats by the resident doctors to embark on strike if their hazard allowance needs were not met. Other issues they wanted to address include deplorable state of hospitals and the lack of protective equipment for members of the union treating COVID-19 patients, which has led to the deaths of some doctors in recent times.