Resident doctors set to begin indefinite strike Monday

The National Association of Resident Doctors, (NARD) have unanimously agreed to embark on an indefinite strike from tomorrow, Monday.

The doctors reached the decision after their National Executive Council (NEC) meeting, which was attended by over 50 members across the country.

This is coming at a very critical time when the country is currently experiencing a rise in Covid-19 infections, the signal of a third wave of the pandemic.

The resident doctors pointed out that the Federal Government has failed to honour and implement the Memorandum of Understanding, (MoU), it signed with them after over 100 days.

The doctors particularly demanded for the immediate withdrawal of the circular removing House Officers from the scheme of service, which was not implemented.

President of the NARD, Dr. Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, who made these known in a statement, also noted despite efforts by Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, to ensure the Medical Residency Training Funds is captured in the supplementary budget, the Federal Government has failed to disburse the funds to its members.

They further decried the undue hardship its members on the GIFMIS platform are facing due to the delays in payment of their salaries, ranging from three to seven months, amongst other issues.

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