The National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria has announced that it would commence a nationwide strike on Monday, June 15, 2020. This is despite the coronavirus, currently ravaging the country.
This was disclosed in an official statement the National President of NARD, Dr. Aliyu Sokomba. He said the association found it necessary to take “the painful decision” following the inability of the government to meet its demand.
Dr. Aliyu noted that the strike shall be total and indefinite. No service of any kind, be it emergency care at COVID-19 isolation and treatment centers shall be exempted, he explained. He called on the government to make alternative arrangements for the care of the patients. He also noted that the association sympathizes with the patients and Nigerian populace over the decision.
He confirmed that they are demanding the provision of 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, amongst others.