Resident Doctors Vows To Resume Strike, Gives FG Date

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The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors on Saturday said it will resume its suspended nationwide strike in three weeks if the Federal Government fails to meet its demands.

Aliyu Sokomba,President of the Association, revealed this to journalists in a press conference in Abuja.

NARD had, on June 22, suspended its nationwide strike, after a virtual meeting of over 300 of its members.

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.

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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.

Sokomba, at the time, said the association suspended the strike in order to give the Federal and State Governments time to fulfill its outstanding demands.

The association declared an indefinite strike on June 15 over several demands including the provision of adequate PPE for all healthcare workers and immediate reversal of the disengagement of all 26 resident doctors at the University Teaching Hospital in Jos, the Plateau State capital.

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