The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors has set a deadline of July 19, 2023, for the Federal Government to meet their demands, or they will proceed on an indefinite strike.
Dr. Emeka Orji, the President of NARD, revealed this during an interview on Sunday.
Recall that NARD had last Wednesday ,issued a fresh two-week ultimatum to the government, urging them to begin implementing the pending agreements reached after the association’s five-day warning strike from May 17 to 21, 2023. These agreements were documented in a Memorandum of Understanding between the association and the government to address various concerns raised by resident doctors.
Among the demands made by the doctors are the discontinuation of the downgrading of membership certificates issued by the West African Postgraduate Medical and Surgical colleges by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria. They are also seeking the immediate payment of salary arrears, implementation of the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure, introduction of a new hazard allowance, and the domestication of the Medical Residency Training Act, among other issues.
Dr. Orji expressed disappointment that the government had not yet invited the association for a meeting to discuss the agreements and demands. He emphasized that if the government fails to meet their demands, an indefinite strike will be initiated by the members.
He highlighted the urgency of implementing the agreed-upon timelines, stressing that most of the requested measures can be accomplished within a day or two. He warned that the Federal Government has only nine days remaining to prevent an avoidable shutdown of healthcare services in the country.
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