Resident Doctors Begin Indefinite Strike

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The looming crisis in the health sector

has come to a head as resident doctors

across the country have embarked on a

nationwide indefinite strike.

This was announced after a meeting of

the leadership of the National

Association of Resident Doctors (NARD)

that ended in the wee hours of Monday,

Vanguard writes.

In a brief statement to make their stand

known, the President of NARD,

Onyebueze John, said they’ve decided to

turn down government’s offer and would

go on strike until all their demand are


“Rising from our NEC meeting, which

started by 7pm yesterday and ended 3am

today. NARD has resolved to reject the

promissory offer from Government, and

proceed on total and indefinite strike

action until all items in her demand list for

strike action are resolved by Government,”

the one-paragraph statement read.

The doctors’ decision came in spite of

assurances by the Minister of Labour, Dr

Chris Ngige, who on Saturday announced

the cancellation of the planned strike

after a meeting with the doctors.

His announcement was however

debunked by the aggrieved doctors who

said though they met with the

government, they were yet to take a


Following the strike action, healthcare in

public secondary and tertiary hostpitals

in the country, particularly the teaching

hospitals, will be paralysed with

thousands of patients left for dead.

The doctors’ strike also coincides with

the industrial action embarked upon by

the Academic Staff Union of Universities,

ASUU, since August.

Government is presently engaged in a

series of meetings with the lecturers to

return to the classes, and now they have

to expedite the negotiating process

following the health sector shutdown.

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