Resident doctors association reveal why it went on strike
The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has disclosed why it went on strike.
According to the medical association, the federal government would not have listened to its demands if it had not embarked on the nationwide strike.
This disclosure was made by the president of the association, Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi on Monday when he featured of Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily’.
Recall that the association on Saturday suspended its strike which commenced on April 1.
Speaking on the Programme, Okhuaihesuyi said because of the strike the association had been able to achieve 75 to 80 percent of payment for resident doctors and a proposed review of the N5,000 hazard allowance.
“I don’t think we would have been listened to if we didn’t go on strike. Because as it stands, the insurance has been there for exactly nine months, and some as much as five years ago. Because we’re not just talking about COVID-19, there’s Lassa fever, there’s HIV. There are other people that have had some complications due to other illness and the hazards they face. And there have been insurance complaints, not even now,” he said.
“If we didn’t go on this strike, we wouldn’t have been able to achieve this. If we didn’t go on the strike, we wouldn’t have been able to achieve the proposed review of the hazard allowance. If we didn’t go on this strike, they wouldn’t tell us to go and make a supplementary budget for those that have not been paid the medical training fund. If not for this strike, 2021 wouldn’t have been factored in for payments to residents”.
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