Breaking: Resident doctors call off one-week strike in Rivers

Breaking: Resident doctors call off one-week strike in Rivers

  • The RSUTH chapter of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has called off its strike after meeting with Governor Wike
  • George Ela, the Rivers state chairman of the NARD, disclosed this on Monday, August 9, in Port Harcourt, the state capital
  • According to him, the state government has demonstrated commitment to addressing the nagging welfare needs of the resident doctors

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Port Harcourt, Rivers - Barely one week after it embarked on industrial action, the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) at the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital (RSUTH) has called off the strike.

The Punch reports that the chairman of NARD at the RSUTH, Dr. George Ela, disclosed this in a statement issued in Port Harcourt on Monday, August 9.

RSUTH resident doctors call off one-week strike
The Rivers state government has persuaded the resident doctors in the RSUTH to call off their strike. Credit: Nyesom Wike
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Legit.ng gathered that Ela said that the decision followed “a robust and fruitful engagement” with the state government.

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The statement read:

“It is a week now since the Association of Resident Doctors, Rivers State University Teaching Hospital, proceeded on a total and indefinite strike action following a resolution taken at its extraordinary general meeting.
“However, it has been seven days of intensive, robust and fruitful engagement with the Rivers state government through the office of the Secretary to the Government."

The NARD noted that the Rivers state government has demonstrated commitment to addressing the nagging welfare needs of the resident doctors such as the implementation of the wage-adjusted CONMESS 2019, payment of the COVID-19 inducement hazard allowance and employment of more Resident doctors, among others.

Ela further stated:

“To reciprocate government gesture and goodwill and to ameliorate the suffering and pains of Rivers people, therefore, Congress has resolved that our members should return to the clinics from 08:00 am on Monday 9, August 2021.”

He commended Governor Nyesom Wike-led government for this generous and gracious move and thanked Rivers people for standing by them during the strike.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the president of NARD, Dr. Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi on Monday, August 9, faulted Senator Chris Ngige's threat to replace striking resident doctors in the country.

It was reported that Okhuaihesuyi said that the people who deserve to resign or be sacked from their duties are Ngige, and the minister of health, Osagie Ehanire.

The NARD president in reaction to comments by the minister of labour and employment explained that both Ngige and Ehanire are responsible for putting the doctors in a position to go on strike.

Source: Legit Newspaper

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