Resident Doctors Embark on Indefinite Strike
Members of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) have embarked on an indefinite strike.
In a chat with Radio Amuludun FM correspondent, the president NARD, University College Hospital, UCH, Ibadan, Dr zakariyah Hussein explained that the strike came on the heels of the expiration of the 60-day ultimatum given to the Federal Government on January 25 for the payment of arrears of salaries of house officers across the country and the review of hazard allowance, among other demands.
Dr Hussein said that since the pandemic began in 2020, it has lost 17 doctors, whose families and loved ones were yet to benefit from the Death in Service Insurance Scheme.
Dr Hussein decried the agony the members of the association have been made to pass through for three months without salaries despite uninterrupted service delivery to the nation.
He lamented that despite the three-month window given to the Federal Government to review the hazard allowance of health workers, the hazard allowance had remained a paltry sum of five thousand naira monthly.