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Doctors threaten to return to strike

Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has issued the federal government a three-week ultimatum to deliver on its promise made to the association to suspend its strike action.

NARD had earlier embarked on a nationwide strike last month which lasted for one week but was suspended at the plea of the government to meet its demands.

At a press conference in Abuja, President of the association, Dr. Aliyu Sokomba disclosed that the federal government was yet to meet its demands as promised and would resume strike action if their demands were not met within three weeks. Some of the demands include adequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs).

This claim, therefore, questions the statements of some Chief Medical Directors (CMDs) of government hospitals at a Joint Meeting with the Ministers of Health and Federal Capital Territory (FCT), who said the government had provided adequate PPEs to hospitals.

Fielding questions from journalists on the subject, Dr. Sokomba said acclaimed PPEs by the CMDS does not get to the end-users who are the frontline health workers

Other demands by the association include the immediate removal of the CMD of the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Professor Henry Ugboma on allegations of fraud, administrative rascality, victimisation, and abuse of office.

Nancy Anika

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