- Nigerian doctors have declared that strike continues if their demands are not met by the authorities
- The doctors described FG's "no work no pay" threats as empty and biggest joke of the century
- NARD president, Aliyu Sokomba, also scolded the federal government for saying hazard allowances are being paid
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The Nigerian doctors have vowed to continue their indefinite strike action amid Covid-19 pandemic if the demands highlighted in their letter to the government are not given consideration.
The doctors emphasised that there is no going back unless the federal government pays the salaries, hazard allowances and other arrears.
Legit.ng recalls that the doctors had declared strike action over unpaid salaries, lack of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in hospitals, and other entitlements, prompting the government to issue "no work no pay" threats on Tuesday, June 16.
In a reaction, National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) president Aliyu Sokomba described the government’s threat as “empty and the biggest joke of the century."
Sokomba insisted that the resident doctors will not resume working, adding the government is not sincere with the health sector of the country.
“Instead of them to address our demands, they are resorting to cheap blackmail that they will implement no work no pay and sack doctors, is that not the joke of the century from a government that is not truthful? We are not moved," Sokomba said.
The NARD leader also berated the minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, for saying the federal government is paying the hazard allowances of the doctors, saying the claim is a spurious lie flying in the face of fact.
Sokomba said that the association issued a 14 days’ ultimatum to the government which expired about 18 days ago.
He added that up till now, all the issues highlighted in a letter to the government have not been addressed.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that two medical doctors and a nurse were held hostage for some hours in Kano by Covid-19 patients, creating a mild drama amid rising figures of coronavirus cases in the state.
Aminu Mohammed, former chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), made this known during a radio programme on Friday, May 8.
Mohammed said the incident happened while the doctors and nurse were conducting a routine checking around the ward where the patients are being managed.
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