Amid COVID-19 pandemic, resident doctors begin nationwide strike

Amid COVID-19 pandemic, resident doctors begin nationwide strike

- Nigerian doctors have embarked on a nationwide strike

- The president of the ARD, Roland Aigbovo, disclosed this on Monday, June 15

- Coronavirus cases in Nigeria have, however, exceeded 16,000

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Despite the increase in the cases of the novel coronavirus pandemic in the country, the Nigerian doctors have commenced a nationwide strike.

Premium Times reports that the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) of Nigeria announced that they commenced a nationwide “indefinite strike” on the morning of Monday, June 15, hours after COVID-19 cases in the country exceeded 16,000 with over 400 deaths.

Legit.ng gathered Roland Aigbovo, the president of the ARD, confirmed this to the online medium over the phone but did not give further details.

According to the report, on the day Nigeria recorded its third case of coronavirus in mid-March, resident doctors in Abuja had threatened to embark on the strike action but later called it off after the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) advised them against it.

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Amid COVID-19 pandemic, resident doctors begin nationwide strike

Nigerian doctors carrying out an operation on a patient. Credit: Premium Times.
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The doctors in Abuja were protesting among others, the failure of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) to make complete payment of their over two months’ basic salaries.

The union attributed the salary irregularities and shortfalls to the migration to the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) platform by the FCTA.

It is not immediately clear if the demands of doctors in Abuja are synonymous with that of others across the nation.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Nigerians were warned that if they continue disregarding safety measures issued by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, there would be an increase in cases of coronavirus which may also lead to numerous deaths.

It was reported that the warning was given by medical experts who said it was worrisome that many people are not wearing face masks, maintaining physical and social distancing, and hygiene measures such as hand washing and use of hand sanitisers among others across the country.

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According to Ejike Orji, chairman, Medical Sub-Committee, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) ministerial expert advisory Committee on COVID-19, there would be a spike in cases, and the country would be in serious trouble if the violation continued.

In another report, a graduate of the University of Lagos, Abiodun Abraham made a great input towards the fight against coronavirus in the country.

According to Omasorio Ali Ovie on Twitter, the creative man constructed a disinfectant tunnel that cleans any residue of bacteria and viruses off whoever passes through it.

This kind of machine will go a long way in ensuring personal hygiene in public places as life eases back to normal and activities become full-blown.

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