NARD Begins A Total Strike

By Babs-Oluribigbe Adeoye

The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) resumed its industrial action on Monday over unpaid salaries and benefits, even as Covid-19 case numbers are becoming worsen.

One of their major grouses also included doctors’ demand for the immediate withdrawal of a circular removing House Officers from the scheme of service.

In April this year, the doctors had embarked on strike, which was suspended about 10 days later after they met with Federal Government representatives

The NARD President, Dr Okhuaihesuyi Uyilawa, said on Saturday that the federal government reneged on its proimise to the association that its member would be given insurance benefit

“The last time we met the Minister of Labour and Minister of Health, we were told that our members are part of those to be given the insurance benefit, but we found out that their names are not even there,” Uyilawa said.

Observers are envisaging a serious spike in Covid-19 cases if the doctors and federal government fail to reach agreement on time.

According top a data from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), 407 COVID-19 cases were recorded on Sunday, as the Delta variant is believed to be deadlier and more contagious.

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