Tuesday, 05 October 2021 05:45

Resident doctors end strike but disputes remain

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Resident doctors in Nigerian public hospitals called off a nine-week strike on Monday, saying some of their grievances had been addressed but others including salary arrears remained outstanding.

The strike had begun on Aug. 2, organised by Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) to protest against the delayed payment of salaries and allowances — a recurrent problem in Nigeria’s healthcare sector.

NARD said resident doctors, medical school graduates training as specialists who play a major role on emergency wards, would return to work on Wednesday after some of the payments had been made.

But it called on federal and state governments to urgently address outstanding issues such as what it said was a failure to pay benefits to relatives of doctors who had died of Covid-19 after caring for patients affected by the virus.

NARD said its executive committee would reconvene in six weeks to assess the progress made.