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Nigerian doctors call off strike


Doctors under the aegis of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) have suspended their strike.

The doctors on Thursday also said the current discussions with the government on how to resolve the issues will continue on Friday by 8 a.m.

PREMIUM TIMES reported how the doctors began a nationwide “indefinite strike” on Monday as the nation continues to battle the deadly coronavirus.

The NARD president, Aliyu Sokomba, had confirmed this development to PREMIUM TIMES.

He said the doctors decided to embark on strike due to the failure of the government to meet their requests made in June.

The doctors had in June downed tools over unpaid salaries, non-payment of hazard allowance, and a dearth of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in hospitals, among several other reasons.

The one-week-long strike was suspended to give the federal and state governments time to fulfill the outstanding demands following an appeal by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, Kayode Fayemi and other stakeholders.

PREMIUM TIMES also reported how the government, in the heat of the faceoff, threatened to cancel the doctors’ residency programme.

The meeting between the two parties which held Wednesday in Abuja between ended in a deadlock with the government threatening to revoke the residency programme.

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