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Doctors Give FG 14 Days Strike Notice

The Nigeria Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has given 14-day ultimatum to the federal government to immediately implement all the agreements reached with it to improve the health sector or risk indefinite strike action by doctors.
The association gave the ultimatum at a press briefing in Bauchi at the end of its 2020 Ordinary General Meeting (OGM) with the theme: ‘Health Inequalities and Social Determinants of Health in Nigeria.
Lamenting poor working condition of members across the country, Dr Sokomba Aliyu, the national president of NARD, who read the communiqué issued at the end of the meeting, lamented that some of its members were intimidated, harassed and maltreated in Lagos and Kaduna states and the FCT.
He said the maltreatment was coming at time when COVID-19 was posing a great danger to health professionals.
The association also faulted the recent sack of NARD members by authorities of the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, just as Kaduna State government slashed their salaries by 25 per cent, a development they said has brought untold hardship to them and their families.
NARD therefore demanded for the immediate recall of all those who were sacked by JUTH as well as the full payment of their entitlements.
It also called on the Kaduna State to immediately pay unconditionally the slashed salaries of its doctors.
The resident doctors also called on government to immediately supply Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to frontline health workers fighting COVID-19 and other consumables to all health facilities across the country.
The move, they said, will enable the health workers to perform their professional services with adequate and maximum protection.

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