March 24, 2023

Amid COVID-19: Nigerian doctors ready for nationwide strike




Despite the coronavirus pandemic, Nigerian medical doctors under the aegis of National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD) have vowed to embark on nationwide strike.


According to NARD in a statement, the strike, which it termed ‘painful decision’ became imperative, following the inability of the government to meet its demands.


The National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria will commence a nationwide strike on Monday, June 15, 2020.


The National President of NARD,  Dr Aliyu Sokomba, in an official letter with reference number NARD/SG/2019-2020/070620/246, reiterated the plan, noting that the association found it necessary to take “the painful decision” following the inability of the government to meet its demands. File photo Google


“Consequent upon the 14 days ultimatum duly served the Federal Government for indefinite strike action, in accordance with the resolution of the Ordinary General Meeting of the Association on the 29th of May 2020, we hereby notify you that all resident doctors, medical officers below the rank of Principal Medical Officer (PMO) and House Officers across all the Federal and State hospitals in Nigeria, shall be embarking on a total and indefinite strike action effective 12:01am on Monday, 15th June 2020.”


Sokomba called on Federal Government to make alternative arrangements for the care of the patients as the strike shall be total and indefinite. No service of any kind, be it emergency, care at COVID-19 isolation and treatment centres shall be exempted. We sympathize with the patients and Nigerian populace.


“For purpose of clarity, the demands on which the ultimatum was predicated include the following; Provision of grossly inadequate appropriate Personal Protective Equipment for all healthcare workers, Immediate reversal of the illegal disengagement of all 26 resident doctors in Jos University Teaching Hospital, and the payment of all salaries owed them, in keeping with provisions of the Medical Residency Training Act.”


In addition, he claimed that “Universal Implementation of the Medical Residency Training Act in all federal and state hospitals and ensuring pay parity among doctors of equal cadre.


“Immediate implementation of the revised hazard allowance and payment of the COVID-19 inducement allowance as agreed with by the Federal Government and healthcare workers three months ago.


“Provision of funding for Medical Residency Training in the 2021 Appropriation bill. Payment of all arrears owed our members in federal and states tertiary health institutions, arising from the consequential adjustment of the National minimum wage.


“Stoppage and immediate refund of all illegal, unjust and callous cut in salaries of our members by Kaduna State and other state governments.”