Resident doctors to begin nationwide strike on Monday, September 7

Resident doctors to begin nationwide strike on Monday, September 7

- Nigerian resident doctors have announced their plan to embark on nationwide strike starting from September 7

- The doctors want the FG to implement residency training funding, COVID-19 allowance, hazard allowance, among other requests

- The strike is scheduled to commence after the expiration of the 21-day ultimatum given to the federal government

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The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors has threatened to begin another nationwide strike starting from Monday, September 7.

A statement released by the president of the association, Dr Aliyu Sokomba said the strike would commence after the 21-day ultimatum it gave to the federal government elapsed on August 17, The Nation reports. gathers that the doctors want the federal government to implement residency training funding, COVID-19 allowance, hazard allowance.

Resident doctors to begin nationwide strike on Monday, September 7
Nigeria's minister of health, Dr Osagie Ehanire. Photo Credit: Federal Ministry of Health
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They also want the Nigerian government to pay the outstanding salary shortfall of 2014, 2015, and 2016.

The statement by the doctors' association reads: “NEC resolved to proceed on indefinite nationwide strike action from Monday 7th of September 2020 by 8:00am until the following conditions are met; immediate payment of the Medical Residency Training funding to all her members as approved in the revised 2020 budget; provision of genuine Group life insurance and death in service benefits for all health workers.

“Payment of the outstanding April/May and June COVID-19 inducement allowance to all health workers; determination of the revised hazard allowance for all health workers as agreed in previous meetings with relevant stakeholders; immediate payment of the salary shortfalls of 2014, 2015 and 2016.

“Doctors working under the various tertiary health institutions to be placed on appropriate salary grade level and universal implementation of the Medical Residency Training Act of 2017 in all state tertiary health institutions; payment of all arrears owed our members in Federal and states tertiary health institutions, arising from the consequential adjustment of the National minimum wage."

Earlier, reported that the novel coronavirus, Covid-19, claimed the life of Clement Bakam, a medical doctor in Kaduna state.

Bakam's death was announced in a statement released on Wednesday, September 2, by Abdulsalam Abdulrazak, the public relations officer of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Kaduna.

Abdulrazak condoled with the family and friends of the late doctor.

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