The National Association of Resident Doctors will resume their suspended strike on Monday, August 17, 2020
The Doctors have given the Federal Government three weeks to address its demands or its members would boycott the clinics.
The President of NARD, Dr. Aliyu Sokomba, made this known in Abuja on Saturday while reading to journalists a communiqué issued after its virtual National Executive Council meeting and scientific conference held at the Gombe International Hotel between July 20 and 25 2020.
The strike is to demand for the payment of COVID-19 hazard allowance to members which, it said, was long overdue. The House of Representatives had intervened during the warning strike and it is not understandable why the Federal Government has not fulfilled their part of the agreement.
NARD also called on government and the National Assembly to probe the non-enrolment of healthcare workers for the Group Life Insurance and non-payment of death-in-service benefit to the next-of-kin of its fallen heroes, despite claims of payment to insurance companies.
Dr. Sokomba said, “NEC resolved to extend the suspension of our strike action by three weeks to give the government time to address our demands, failure of which will leave us with no choice other than to resume the suspended strike on Monday, August 17 2020.”
NARD had embarked on an industrial action on June 15 2020 following its Emergency General Meeting to protest against the lack of payment for COVID-19 inducement allowance for frontline healthcare workers.