Gov’t Hospitals Grounded As Resident Doctors Begin Strike

The nationwide strike by resident doctors has gone ahead as planned with a warning from the National Association of Resident Doctors that the industrial action would be total.

Activities in most hospitals across the country were paralysed, just as NARD vowed that it would not call off the strike until its demands were met.

Some patients were stranded particularly in some Abuja hospitals as a result of the strike.

The President of the association, Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, said the Federal Government had yet to reach out to the doctors on their demands.

Some of the issues raised include the inconsistent payment of salaries, hazard allowances, non-payment of death benefits and issues surrounding registration of members on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System.

Similarly, it was learnt that the Ministry of Labour and Employment headed by Chris Ngige had not made any move to stop the ongoing strike.

However, a visit to major hospitals across the city of Abuja revealed that patients were stranded due to the ongoing strike by the resident doctors.

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