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Strike Continues As Resident Doctors Insist Demands Not Met

The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has announced in a statement, that the ongoing strike action embarked by its members will persist, since most of their demands have not been met by the government.

NARD in a statement, expressed their displeasure on the government’s insincerity towards meeting the needs of its members.

NARD, described the statement by the Minister of labour and employment, Dr Chris Ngige, as being deceitful.

They went ahead to correct, that the strike became imperative because the Ministry of Health was not interested in any form of settlement to stop the avoidable action.

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Though some House Officers have been paid, NARD however, alleged that the payment was marred with irregularities.

It noted that the only positive result from the conciliatory meeting is the abolishment of the exorbitant bench fees being paid by its members on outside postings in all training institutions across the country.

NARD, however, said that there was no circular yet to back the abolishment, and maintained  that its members will stay up with the strike untilt their needs are met by the government.

“Our NEC unanimously voted that the ongoing total and indefinite strike that started on the 1st of April 2021 be continued until the federal and state governments of Nigeria meet up with our demands as captured in our earlier communique.”

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The demands, according to the communique include “immediate payment of all salaries owed to all house officers including march salaries (regardless of quota system) before the end of business on the 31st of March 2021.

“Immediate payment of all salary arrears including march salaries for our members in all federal (GIFMIS platform) and state tertiary health institutions across the country.

“Upward review of the current hazard allowance to 50 per cent of consolidated basic salaries of all health workers and payment of the outstanding COVID-19 inducement allowance.

“Payment of death in service insurance for all health workers who died as a result of COVID-19 infection or other infectious diseases in the country, and others.”

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