The health sector is gearing up for another big hit as the Nigeria Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) is preparing for a total strike that will cripple activities in hospitals across the nation.
This is coming hours after Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) suspended their strike action that dealt a heavy blow on Nigeria’s health sector for about three weeks.
The resident Doctors have warned that the 21-day ultimatum given to the Federal Government to address their concerns elapsed on Thursday, May 31, adding that they cannot guarantee harmony in the sector should government fail to look into their matter.
This message was made public today by the association’s spokes person in Kaduna State, Dr. Ugochukwu Eze.
Resident doctors are post graduate doctots on training at secondary and tertiary health institutions in Nigeria, especially teaching hospitals. They are employees of the federal government during their training.
The resident doctors had embarked on an indefinite strike in September 2017 to force government to keep the agreement it had with the doctors on staff welfare, payment of arrears since 2013, including improvement of detoriating facilities in public hospitals across the country. That strike was called off after just 10 days.
Dr. Exercise, spikes man of NARD however observed on Thursday, May 31, that although the strike was called off last year, the Federal government had yet to meet their demands.
This time they are also insisting that their colleagues sacked by the management of University of His Teaching Hospital should be recalled.