Nigerian doctors begin strike amid coronavirus crisis

Nigerian doctors begin strike amid coronavirus crisis

- Nigerian doctors in Abuja have begun an "indefinite strike" as coronavirus crisis took a dangerous turn in the country

- The doctors said the decision is mandatory following FCT administration's failure to pay them their two-month salaries

- The indefinite strike action was announced hours after Nigeria recorded the third case of coronavirus

Doctors in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, have on Tuesday, March 17, commenced an 'indefinite strike action' over unpaid two-month salaries amid coronavirus crisis.

The doctors, under the aegis of Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), announced the strike with the decision coming hours after Nigeria recorded the third case of coronavirus officially known as Covid19.

In a statement by its president, Roland Aigbovo, ARD said the action was as a result of FCT administration's failure to pay the salaries of doctors in Abuja, thus plunging them into a financial mess, Premium Times reports.

Aigbovo, who claimed that the decision was well-thought despite the coronavirus scare, said the association has issued repeated warnings but it seemed the government is not ready to play its part towards the welfare of the doctors.

He further stressed that the doctors have been thrown into financial distress over salary irregularities since the adoption of the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System by the FCTA.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Nigeria confirmed its third case of coronavirus in Lagos as the deadly infection spreads more across African countries.

The new Covid-19 case was disclosed by the commissioner of health in Lagos state, Professor Akin Abayomi via his official Twitter handle, @ProfAkinAbayomi, on Tuesday, March 17.

According to the health commissioner, the patient is a 30-year-old Nigerian woman who returned from the United Kingdom to Lagos on Friday, March 13.

She reportedly observed self-isolation upon her return, developed symptoms and has been tested positive.

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