JUST IN: Nigerian Doctors Begin Nationwide Strike

July 31, 2021
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The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors, or NARD, has unanimously resolved to go on strike indefinitely beginning Monday.

The doctors made their decision at a meeting of their National Executive Council (NEC), which included more than 50 members from throughout the country.

After more than 100 days, NARD observed that the Federal Government has failed to honor and implement the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) it signed with them.

Dr Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, President of the NARD, who made this known in a statement at the weekend, demanded immediate withdrawal of the circular removing House Officers from the scheme of service, which was not implemented.

The statement read in part, “We are embarking on a total and indefinite strike on August 2, 2021 [Monday]. You can recall we had a memorandum of action on March 31, 2021, and had an addendum to it on April 9, and since then, we still have had irregularities in the payment of salaries to the house officers.

“We had issues with them being non-regular payment and as part of the memorandum of action, it was said that they should be captured back into the IPPS platform.”

NEWS DIRECT reports that this is coming at a very critical period when the nation is currently experiencing a rise in COVID-19 infections amid the third wave of the pandemic.

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