NIGERIA HEALTH CRISIS: Doctors embark on indefinite strike
- The doctors embark on the industrial action following the inability of the government to meet their demands.
- All resident doctors, medical officers below the rank of Principal Medical Officer (PMO), and House Officers across all the Federal and State Hospitals in Nigeria joins the strike.
- The National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria has said the nationwide strike its members will commence on Monday, June 15, 2020, will be total and indefinite.
- There has been a breakdown in communication between Govt and Union workers
- Union blames Federal Govt for the recent deaths of their colleagues due to negligence.
- Nigeria coronavirus: 16,085 cases
|Members of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) have embarked on an indefinite nationwide strike.
The association president Dr Aliyu Sokomba announced this while addressing a press conference on Monday in Abuja.
Sokomba said that the union exempted its members working in various coronavirus (COVID-19) isolation and treatment centres across the country from participating in the strike.
But he said that exemption of the members attending to COVID-19 patients was for two weeks before they join the industrial action.
“As difficult as a strike is on everyone, our present predicament is far worse; we sympathize with the patients and Nigerian populace.”
He explained that the union took the decision to go on strike as a result of the failed series of meetings between the doctors and the Federal Government in the last two weeks.
What led to the unfortunate action?
According to the NARD president, the meetings have failed to resolve the lingering industrial disputes which include the non-payment of special allowances for the resident doctors.
He also decried the deplorable state of hospitals and the lack of protective equipment for members of the union treating COVID-19 patients.
|According to the National President of the association, Dr. Aliyu Sokomba, the strike appears inevitable following the insensitive response of the government.
“As you are aware, at the recently concluded General Meeting of the Association, members expressed frustration at the insensitivity of government to address our plight and resolved to embark on a nationwide strike effective 12: 01 am on Monday, 15th June 2020 should our demands remain unattended to.”
“The strike shall, therefore, be total and indefinite. No service of any kind, be it emergency, care at COVID-19 isolation, and treatment centers shall be exempted and members including All Resident doctors, Medical Officers below the rank of Principal Medical Officer (PMO) and House Officers are expected to be part of the strike.