Abel Leonard/ Lafia
Resident Doctors at the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital, (DASH) Lafia, Thursday joins the Nation- wide NARD strike as a way of showing solidarity to its members working at the various federal medical outfit in the country.
This was disclosed by the president Association of Resident Doctors DASH Dr. Moses Joshua who said despite meetings with the federal government delegation to resolve pending issues, the NARD commenced an indefinite strike, because they were not able to come to a compromise.
“We commence strike 8 a.m. today following the instruction from our national president, since it is a solidarity strike, we are still trying to evaluate and to see what the federal government will offer, then of cause it will be replicated here in the state”. the president of the association, said Thursday afternoon.
Dr. Joshua said the resolution was reached after NARD’s extraordinary National Executive Council (NEC) meeting held on Saturday.
He said the ultimatum given to the federal government to meet the association’s earlier demands expires March 31, with no significant achievement.
He also added that Resident doctors, who are undergoing training to become consultants, make up a large percentage of doctors in Nigeria’s tertiary hospitals, hence should be treated fairly.
Recall that Daybreak newspapers report that Resident doctors are demanding, amongst other things, payment of all salaries arrears, review of the current hazard allowance to 50 per cent of consolidated basic salaries of all health workers, and payment of the outstanding COVID-19 allowance especially in state-owned tertiary Institutions.
“Immediate payment of all salary arrears including March salaries for our members in all Federal and State Tertiary Health Institutions across the country.
“Upward review of the current hazard allowance to 50 per cent of consolidated basic salaries of all health workers and payment of the outstanding COVID-19 inducement allowance especially in State owned-tertiary Institutions.
Recall that Daybreak Newspapers report that the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has commenced an “indefinite Strike ” Thursday for failure by the Nigerian government to meet its demands.