Illustration showing health workers carrying out disinfection against Covid-19

NB 247

Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has suspended its over two months old strike, following a truce reached between it and the Federal Government on Sunday.

It however gave the Federal Government six weeks to fulfil its demands after which it would call a National Executive Council (NEC) meeting to review the progress made.

The Resident Doctors noted that the basis of the suspension of the strike was the obvious efforts by the Federal Government to fulfil some of its minimum demands such as the payment of the Medical Residency Training Fund (MRTF), payment of outstanding salaries to its members on GIFMIS platform, withdrawal of the circular by the Head of Service removing House Officers from the Scheme of Service, payment of death-in-service benefits to its members who lost their lives in the line of duty during the COVID-19 pandemic, among others.

The President of NARD, Godiya Ishaya, who confirmed this to Newsmen in Abuja on Monday, said that its members would resume work on Wednesday this week by 8 am.

According to reports, both parties met earlier on Sunday to iron out the grey areas, upon which the strike would be suspended.

“We’ve officially suspended the strike to resume at 8:00 am on Wednesday,” Dr Ishaya said.

“We made the decision in the wee hours of today. We held an emergency meeting from 5:30 pm on Sunday to the morning hours of today, and the NEC decided that having reviewed the progress made so far, the strike should be suspended.”

The doctors went on strike on August 2, after failure of the government to meet their demands of improved welfare.

The strike came when there was a rise in the cases of COVID-19 with fears of dire consequences.

NARD is demanding, amongst other issues, the payment of COVID-19 treatment allowances in the absence of death-in-service insurance, having lost over a dozen of its members to the pandemic, while also protesting the shortage of manpower in public hospitals.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *