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Resident doctors begin nationwide strike

Valentine Chinyem

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Following the Federal Government’s inability to meet the demands of the Nigeria Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), the health body has embarked on its nationwide strike scheduled to commence on Monday.

NARD said the Nigerian Medical Association, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives and others should support the struggle for upward review of its hazard allowance from the paltry sum of N5,000.

The National Publicity Secretary, Dr Stanley Egbogu, while speaking to The PUNCH on Sunday, said the government had not invited NARD for a meeting despite notifying them.

He said, “The Federal Government has not invited us to a meeting after we notified them that we will be proceeding on strike. We have directed all our members across the country both federal and state institutions to recommence the strike we suspended on June 22, 2020.

“We call on all other unions in the health sector, the NMA, PSN, NANNM to support this struggle for upward review of our hazard allowance from the paltry sum of N5,000.

“The truth is that the current hazard can’t be compared to the daily risks of hazard we face every day from the current coronavirus to the Hepatitis B and C viruses. The risks is just too much for N5,000.”