Doctors Treating COVID-19 Exempted From Two-Week Strike- NARD - 9japarrot


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Tuesday 16 June 2020

Doctors Treating COVID-19 Exempted From Two-Week Strike- NARD

Dr. Aliyu Sokomba (NARD President)

The National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD) has exempted doctors treating COVID-19 pa­tients at designated treatment and isolation centres from its two weeks industrial action that commenced on Monday midnight.

NARD President, Dr. Ali­yu Sokomba, disclosed this on Monday in Abuja, during a press briefing on decisions taken at the virtual extra or­dinary National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the NARD on Sunday.

He said that the virtual meeting was held to review the 14 days ultimatum issued to government which elapsed two days ago.

Sokomba said that the exemption was in recognition of the intervention of Hon. Tan­ko Sanunu, Chairman, House Committee on Health Ser­vices, other stakeholders and a demonstration of NARD’s goodwill to the country.

The president appealed to Nigerians to bear and under­stand with the association.

Sokomba said that the de­mands include the provision of inadequate appropriate personal protective equip­ment for all healthcare work­ers.

According to him, other demands include “universal implementation of medical residency training act in all federal and state hospitals and ensuring pay parity among doctors of equal cadre, pro­vision of funding of medical residency training in the 2021 Appropriation Bill.

“Immediate implemen­tation of the revised hazard allowance and payment of the COVID-19 inducement allow­ance agreed with the govern­ment and healthcare workers three months ago.

“Stoppage and immediate refund of all illegal, unjust and callous cut in salaries of our members by Kaduna State and other state govern­ments,” Sokomba said.

He disclosed that the meet­ing was attended by over 500 members of the association.

Meanwhile, Femi Gbajabi­amila, Speaker of the House of Representatives, on Mon­day said that he was shocked over the news that members of NARD are commencing na­tionwide strike despite com­mitted efforts to meet their demands.

Gbajabiamila had last Tuesday personally held a meeting of about three hours with the leadership of the resident doctors and the executive arm led by the two ministers manning the Federal Ministry of Health where their demands were addressed to the satisfaction of all.

The speaker had said at the meeting that the leadership of the House would not fold its arms while resident doctors embark on strike at this time of COVID-19 pandemic.

Source: Independent

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