Doctors under the aegis of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) have unanimously agreed to embark on an indefinite strike from today (Monday, August 2, 2021).
This is coming at a very critical time when the country is currently experiencing a rise in COVID-19 infections; the signal of a third wave of the pandemic
The association however reached the decision after its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting, which was attended by over 50 of its members across the country. They noted that the government has failed to honour and implement the memorandum of understanding (MoU) it signed with the doctors over 100 days ago. It particularly demanded the immediate withdrawal of the circular removing House Officers from the scheme of service, which was not implemented.
President of the NARD, Dr. Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, who made this known in a statement, also notes that despite efforts by the Honourable Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, in ensuring that the Medical Residency Training Funds is captured in the supplementary budget, the Federal Government has failed to disburse the funds to members.