Resident Doctors Suspend Natiowide Strike

The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors, NARD has suspended its over two-week-old nationwide indefinite strike.

The National President of the Association, Innocent Orji, officially confirmed this on Friday evening.

This decision comes shortly after the medical practitioners postponed their scheduled nationwide strike aimed at advocating for their needs.

As per the head of NARD, the physicians are advocating for a list of eight objectives, including the enlistment of additional individuals to fill the positions of doctors who have either relocated or unfortunately passed away.

He laid blame on the government for not fulfilling the requirements put forth by the doctors.

“Good evening. We just suspended the strike. Work to resume 8 am tomorrow,” he said in a terse message to Channels Television. “We will review the progress made in two weeks.”

“Our members are suffering. Nigerians are suffering too. When you don’t have the right number of doctors in the hospital, there is no way it is not going to affect the healthcare service delivery system. And nobody has come out to tell us that what we are saying is not true,” he maintained.

“The government on its own set up a ministerial committee that came up with a guideline since February this year, why hasn’t that guideline been circularised?” he asked.

Earlier, the union’s executive had met with senators led by Senate President Godswill Akpabio.

NARD declared the “total and indefinite strike action” on July 25, 2023, over several demands including an increase in wages for the doctors.