The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors, (NARD), says it will begin what it called a “total and indefinite strike” on Thursday, April 1, except the Federal Government moves swiftly to stop the industrial action.
The decision to go on strike was made after an extraordinary NEC meeting it held at the weekend, at the Trauma Centre, National Hospital, Abuja.
The National Executive Council (NEC) of NARD had unanimously agreed to proceed on the strike by Thursday if their demands are not met. The NEC was held to review its earlier ultimatum and deliberate on issues affecting Residency Training, Healthcare Delivery and the welfare of its members across the country.
According to a communique issued after the meeting, the NEC observed that its earlier ultimatum was given to the Federal Government during its January NEC meeting in Owerri, Imo State, which will expire by March 31, with no significant achievement.
In the communique signed by the NARD President, Dr. Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi; its Secretary, Dr. Jerry Isogun and the Publicity Secretary, Dr. Dotun Osikoya, the NEC reiterated the full support of NARD for the central placement of house officers.