Doctors under the aegis of National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), on Monday, commenced a nationwide “indefinite strike”.

 

NARD president, Mr Aliyu Sokomba, confirmed this development to the media over the phone.

He said doctors decided to embark on strike due to the failure of government to meet their requests made in June this year.

The doctors had in June downed tools over unpaid salaries, non-payment of hazard allowance, and a dearth of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in hospitals, among several other reasons.

The one-week-long strike was suspended to give federal and state governments time to fulfil the outstanding demands following an appeal by Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, Secretary to Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, Mr Kayode Fayemi and other stakeholders.

“These demands are yet to be fulfilled,” Sokomba said.

Resident doctors make up a large percentage of doctors in Nigeria’s tertiary hospitals.


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