By Auta Obadiah Dauda
A fourteenth day ultimatum has been issued to the federal government by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) to immediately implement all the agreements it had with the association or face indefinite strike.
This is contained in a communique issued on Saturday 30th May, 2020 at the end of this year’s ordinary meeting with the theme; “Health Inequalities And Social Determination Of Health In Nigeria.”
The President lamented the poor working condition of its members across the country. That some of their members were intimidated, harassed and maltreated in Lagos, Kaduna, Plateau State and the Federal Capital Territory in the cause of performing their duties.
He faulted the sacking of 26 members at the Jos University Teaching Hospital, Plateau State in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He also faulted the Kaduna State government for slashing the salaries of its members by 25 percent.
Aliyu said, “NARD demands immediate recall of the sacked resident doctors at Jos University Teaching Hospital and payment of their salaries.
“NARD demands immediate implementation of the revised hazard allowance, payment of COVID-19 inducement allowance. NARD condemns all illegal deductions in salaries of our members by some state governments and demands an immediate refund.
“NARD calls on security agencies to stop the harassment and assault of doctors while carrying out their legitimate activities.
“The association hereby issues a 14-day ultimatum to the government to meet her demands failure of which the association cannot guarantee industrial harmony.”
The National President said that the NARD also demands a supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other consumables to all health facilities across the country.