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Resident Doctors Call Off Nationwide Strike, after agreement with FG

Valentine Chinyem

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The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) on Thursday called off the strike which it embarked on Monday, after an agreement was reached with the Federal Government.

The NARD National Executive Council (NEC) made the disclosure, after an agreement was signed by both parties after the conciliation meeting held at the instance of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige

The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire had earlier called on Chief Medical Directors and Managing Directors of Teaching Hospitals to seek the serivces of doctors currently serving in the youth corps as well as consultants.

The Federal Government at the meeting, also promised the NARD, that “Nobody will be victimised for any activity connected with or for participating in the industrial action.”

The demands of the doctors include the provision of group life insurance for doctors and other Health Care Workers and payment of death-in-service benefit to next of kin/beneficiaries; Universal implementation of the Medical Residency Training Act in all Federal and State; and Immediate review of the Hazard Allowance of Health Care Workers and payment of the Covid-19 Inducement Allowance as agreed during the stakeholders’ meeting.

Other demands include; Immediate release of funds for Medical Residency Training for 2020 as captured in the revised Appropriation Bill: and Payment of all owed arrears of the Consequential Adjustment of the National Minimum Wage to her members, and implementation of such in States Tertiary Health Institutions.

The Federal Government had earlier addressed most of the original eight (8) demands made by NARD and the remaining two (2) were in different stages of being resolved.