On Monday, the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has embarked on a nationwide strike following the inability of the Federal Government to meet its yearnings in June this year.
The demands by the doctors include a pay rise, better welfare, and adequate facilities.
“We have kicked off the strike today,” NARD president Aliyu Sokomba said in a press briefing, adding that doctors treating coronavirus cases would join the action this time around.
Sokomba said long-standing issues such as provision of life insurance, a pay rise, payment of salary arrears as well as provision of adequate facilities for doctors were the reasons for the strike.
“We have arrears of 2014, 2015, 2016, salary shortfalls that were supposed to have been paid over six years ago, still pending. These are the issues we have and they appear not to have been addressed up till this day,” he added.
In June, NARD staged a week-long strike over welfare and inadequate protective kits but doctors treating virus cases remained on the job.