Resident doctors suspend strike for four weeks

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The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has suspended its ongoing strike for an initial period of four weeks.

The president of the association, Okhuaihesuyi Uyilawa, confirmed the development to PREMIUM TIMES late Saturday night.

“The strike has been suspended for four weeks and isolation centres resume 8 a.m. on Sunday and others on Monday,” he said.

PREMIUM TIMES reported how the doctors commenced an indefinite strike on April 1 after a meeting with a government delegation on March 31 ended in a deadlock.

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The minister of labour, Chris Ngige, later threatened the doctors with the ‘no work, no pay’ rule, a day after the strike commenced.

Unperturbed, the doctors continued with their strike, leaving only few doctors to attend to emergency situations.

Resident doctors, who are undergoing training to become consultants, make up a large percentage of doctors in Nigeria’s tertiary hospitals.

Some of the demands of the doctors include payment of outstanding salaries and allowances and an increase in hazard allowance.

PREMIUM TIMES reported how the resident doctors met with a government delegation on Friday during which the government pledged to meet most of the doctors’ demands.

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