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  • Updated: April 12, 2021

Doctors Threaten To Resume Strike In Four Weeks’ Time

Members of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) have urged the Federal Government to honour its agreement with the union.

They warned that failure to honour the agreement in the next four weeks would lead to another indefinite nationwide industrial action.

The warning was given by the President of NARD, Dr. Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, on behalf of the Nigerian doctors when he featured as a guest on Sunrise Daily on Monday.

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During his appearance on the breakfast programme, Okhuaihesuyi said, “We have been given a leap of faith to believe in the system and we hope and pray that the system does not fail us.”

He went further that, “If it fails us, we don’t have a choice but to call a meeting in the next four weeks, which is the timeline for this strike that we suspended.

“If our demands are not met in four weeks’ time, I think it will go back to us going on indefinite strike again.”

The union also gave an update since the strike was suspended, noting that significant progress has been made.

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He said, “We have gained something significant, but it may not be enough to end the strike because as we speak, there is a meeting that is going to be held concerning the N5,000 hazard allowance today, and with other health workers on Wednesday.

“For the members, we lost to COVID-19 (17 members were lost), we have been able to reach an agreement that the doctors and health workers involved should be able to make claims so that they can benefit from the group insurance.”

Concerning the demand for the house officers’ payment, the NARD president noted that they have achieved at least about 75-80 percent progress.

Okhuaihesuyi confirmed that about 239 house officers have been paid as of Monday morning, but revealed that there were some irregularities with the payment.

“If we didn’t go on this strike, we will not be able to achieve the proposed review of hazard allowance; if we didn’t go on this strike, we won’t be able to have them to tell us that we should go and make a supplementary budget for those that have not been paid Medical Resident Training fund,” said Dr Okhuaihesuyi.

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