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The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) is set to begin an indefinite strike from April 1.
The NARD noted that since the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020, it has lost 17 doctors, whose families and loved ones were yet to benefit from the Death in Service Insurance Scheme.
PLATFORM TIMES gathered that the industrial action is sequel to the expiration of a 60-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to pay the salary arrears of house officers across the country and review hazard allowance, among other demands.
NARD President, Dr Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, announced this in a statement in Abuja following its extraordinary National Executive Council (NEC) meeting held on Saturday.
The association decried the paltry N5, 000 hazard allowance paid to its members.
Dr Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi said: “The NEC unanimously agreed that NARD should proceed on a total and indefinite strike on the 1st of April 2021, by 8 am if the following demands are not met.
“Immediate payment of all salaries owed to all house officers including March salaries (regardless of quota system) before the end of business on the 31st of March 2021.
“The NEC unanimously demanded the sack of the Registrar of MDCN for failure to demonstrate competence in the handling of the central placement of house officers. This will give room for smooth implementation of the central placement of house officers without further delays.”