In the wake of dissatisfaction from the government policies amidst the on-going health crisis as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has issued a notice of strike effective from June 15.
The National Association of Resident Doctors is the umbrella body of all doctors working in government health facilities. The call to strike from the association also involves doctors attending to COVID-19 patients and other emergencies.
Doctors in Nigeria have been dissatisfied with the failure of the government to fulfil its commitments especially pertaining to salary arrears and working conditions. While sympathising with Nigerians and patients as a whole, the doctors said they could no longer overlook government neglect.
In an official letter, the National President of NARD, Dr. Aliyu Sokomba, said that the strike would be total regardless of the current pandemic.
Dr. Aliyu Sokomba in the letter said, “The strike shall, therefore, be total and indefinite. No service of any kind, be it emergency, care at COVID-19 treatment centres shall be exempted and members including all resident doctors, medical officers below the rank of a principal medical officer, and house officers are expected to be part of the strike.”