- Despite the coronavirus pandemic in the country, Nigerian doctors have commenced a nationwide strike
- The president of the resident doctors association, Aliyu Sokomba, disclosed this on Monday, September 7
- Resident doctors in Nigeria commenced an indefinite strike following the government's failure to meet their demands
Following the failure of the government to meet their requests, the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), on Monday, September 7, commenced a nationwide “indefinite strike” to press home their demand.
Premium Times reports that Aliyu Sokomba, the NARD president, who confirmed this development via a telephone call said the doctors decided to embark on strike due to the government's failure to meet their requests.
It would be recalled that the resident doctors back in June embarked on a strike over unpaid salaries, non-payment of hazard allowance, and provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in hospitals.
However, the strike was suspended to give both the federal and state governments time to fulfill the outstanding demands.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the resident doctors threatened to begin another nationwide strike starting from Monday, September 7.
A statement released by the president of the association said the strike would commence after the 21-day ultimatum it gave to the federal government elapsed on August 17.
The doctors want the federal government to implement residency training funding, COVID-19 allowance and hazard allowance.
They also want the Nigerian government to pay the outstanding salary shortfall of 2014, 2015, and 2016.
In a related development, the novel coronavirus disease, 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.
Until his death, Bakam was the programme manager of the Kaduna state emergency routine immunisation coordination centre.
In other news, the federal government has been issued a note of warning against using Russia's COVID-19 vaccine without confirmation through clinical test and trial.
This warning came from the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), which stated that it must undergo further testing before it is administered on Nigerian citizens.
The president of the association, Prof Innocent Ujah, said the efficacy of the said vaccine has to be tested before it can be used on the general public.
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