COVID-19: Nigerian Resident Doctors down tools after 14 days ultimatum

NARD President, Dr Aliyu Sokomba


Nigerian resident doctors under the umbrella of the National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria have downed tools

The doctors on Monday, commenced the nationwide strike after the federal government’s failure to meet their demands and the expiration of a 14-day ultimatum given to the government.

NARD President, Dr Aliyu Sokomba, who declared the action 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.

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.

The demands of the doctor 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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