Thursday, September 28, 2023

Despite Coronavirus Pandemic, Nigerian Doctors Begin Indefinite Strike

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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.
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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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