Nigerian Doctors Embark Nationwide Strike Amid Pandemic

The Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) of Nigeria has commenced a nationwide “indefinite strike” today, Monday 15th of June 2020 despite the upsurge of COVID-19 cases in the country.

This disclosure was initially made by Roland Aigbovo, the president of the ARD.

The doctors have warned of the impending strike shortly after Nigeria recorded its third case of coronavirus in mid March but later called it off after the Nigerian Medical Association advised them against it.

The doctors in Abuja were protested against the failure of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) to make complete payment of their over two months’ basic salaries.

The union attributed the salary irregularities and shortfalls to the migration to the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) platform by the FCTA.

It is not immediately clear if the demands of doctors in Abuja are synonymous with that of others across the nation.

The National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria also corroborated this disclosure on Monday as they commenced the nationwide strike having given a 14-day ultimatum to the government which had elapsed.

The NARD President, Dr Aliyu Sokomba made announced this while addressing a press conference on Monday in Abuja, at the Federal Capital Territory.

He however stated, that the union has decided to exempt its members working in various coronavirus (COVID-19) isolation and treatment centres across the country.

Dr Sokomba, however, stated that exemption of the members attending to COVID-19 patients was for two weeks before they join the industrial action.

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