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Nigerian Doctors To Begin Nationwide Strike June 15 Amid COVID-19

The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has issued a notice of strike effective Monday, June 15.

The association is the umbrella body of all doctors working in government health facilities.

In an official letter with reference number NARD/SG/2019-2020/070620/246, the association’s national president, Dr Aliyu Sokomba, said the call to strike also includes doctors attending to coronavirus (COVID-19) patients and other emergencies.

Sokomba said the action had become necessary due to the failure of the government to redeem its pledges especially in the areas of salary arrears and working conditions.

“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 principal medical officer, and house officers are expected to be part of the strike,” the letter read.

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The NARD sympathised with Nigerians and patients, saying it could no longer condone government neglect.

It also said the condition of its members in state health facilities were sometimes worse than those at the federal institutions.

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