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Resident doctors to embark on indefinite strike on Thursday

The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) will embark on a nationwide strike from Thursday.

A statement jointly signed by NARD President, Dr Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi; its Secretary-General, Dr Jerry Isogun, and its Publicity/Social Secretary, Dr Dotun Osikoya, says that if the Federal Government fail to meet its demands, industrial action would be indefinite.

The doctors reviewed the earlier ultimatum given to the Federal Government due to expire on Wednesday.

They raised the issues concerning residency training, healthcare delivery system and welfare of members.

In their resolutions, the doctors called for the immediate payment of all salaries owed to all house officers, including March salaries before the end of March 31.

They also asked the government to commence the immediate payment of all salary arrears, including March salaries to their members in all Federal and state tertiary health institutions.

The union advocated 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.

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