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Doctors embark on indefinite strike in Abuja amidst coronavirus scare

Valentine Chinyem



Resident doctors in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, on Tuesday announced they were proceeding on an “indefinite strike”.

The Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), Abuja chapter, reached an agreement on their decision to proceed on strike following anannouncement by the ministry of health, about a third case of Covid19 confirmed in Lagos.

According to the striking doctors who are worried about their welfare, health threat posed by coronavirus, their work conditions, and patient care before are some of the reasons behind their decision.

In a statement signed by its president, Roland Aigbovo, the association said the mass action followed the failure of the FCT administration to pay them their basic salaries for more than two months.

He notdled that members have been thrown into financial distress due to the nonpayment of their salaries and despite repeated warnings and ultimatum, nothing has been done by authorities.
He said there has been salary irregularities and shortfalls since the migration to the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System by the FCTA.

Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), Abuja chapterThe union leader said other health workers who are also affected by the salary shortfalls will join the mass action within 48 hours if their demands “which are the same with ours are not met.”