The members of NARD have finally embarked on the threatened indefinite strike action.
It was made known by the President of National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), Dr. Aliyu Sokomba, while addressing a press conference on Monday in Abuja.
He explained that members working in COVID-19 isolation and treatment centres, have been exempted from the strike action for now, since it was decided that they will also be called to join the strike action after two weeks.
The decision was taken at a virtual extra-ordinary National Executive Council meeting of the association held on Sunday.
He noted that the union decided to go on strike after failed series meetings between doctors and the Federal Government in the last two weeks. He explained that the meetings have failed to resolve the lingering industrial disputes which consisted of the refusal of payment of special allowances for resident doctors.
He also complained about the deplorable state of hospital and lack of protective gears for members of the union attending to the COVID-19 patients. He further stated that this has exposed a good number of their members to the virus and also claimed the lives of some of them.
The strike wasn’t an impromptu action as they had earlier warned the Federal Government last week that they would embark on the strike, which they termed “the painful decision”, as the government weren’t able to meet their demands. All resident doctors, medical doctors below the rank of Principal Medical Officer (PMO), and House Officers across all the Federal and State Hospitals are expected to join the strike.
The NARD have enjoined the government to make alternative arrangements concerning the care of patients, including those at the Isolation centres as the doctors there would join the strike in two weeks time.