By Nura Shehu, Abuja
The National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria NARD has commenced a nationwide strike after a 14-day warning strike ultimatum. This was revealed in a press conference by its President, Dr. Aliyu Sokomba on Monday in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
Dr. Sokomba said “consequent upon the 14 days ultimatum duly served the Federal Government for indefinite strike action, in accordance with the resolution of the Ordinary General Meeting of the Association on the May 29, we hereby notify you that all resident doctors, medical officers below the rank of Principal Medical Officer and House Officers across all the Federal and State hospitals in Nigeria, shall be embarking on a total and indefinite strike action effective 12:01 am on Monday, 15th June 2020”.
And “for purpose of clarity, the demands on which the ultimatum was predicated include the following; Provision of grossly inadequate appropriate Personal Protective Equipment for all health care workers; Immediate reversal of the illegal disengagement of all 26 resident doctors in Jos University Teaching Hospital, and the payment of all salaries owed them, in keeping with provisions of the Medical Residency Training Act”; he stated.