Not minding COVID-19: Nigerian Doctors threaten strike, issue ultimatum to FG

Amid coronavirus pandemic, the Nigeria Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has given the Federal Government of Nigeria a 14-day ultimatum to immediately implement agreements reached on the health sector or face an indefinite strike from its members.

The ultimatum was handed down by the Doctors in Bauchi at the end of its 2020 Ordinary General Meeting (OGM) .

Reading the communique, at the end of its OGM, the National President of NARD, Dr Sokomba Aliyu lamented the harassment and maltreatment of some of its members in Lagos, Kaduna States and the FCT in the cause of performing their professional activities.

“We hereby give the government a 14 days ultimatum to meet all of our demands to avoid an indefinite and total strike by the Resident Doctors across the country,” he said.

The doctors made reference to a slash of workers’ salaries by 25%, bringing “untold hardship to them and their families” in Kaduna.

“All doctors sacked in Plateau be recalled immediately and that Kaduna government reinstate the cut salaries of workers.

“NARD is also requesting for the supply of Personal Protective Equipment and other consumables to all health facilities across the country with adequate and maximum protection,” the statement added.

The strike notice is coming at a time Nigeria recorded 553 new cases of coronavirus infections in 24hours, the highest recorded in a single day.

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