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Association Of Resident Doctors Embark On Indefinite Strike

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By:Ahmed Umar Gosol, Taraba

The Association of Resident Doctors, at the Specialist Hospital Jalingo, Taraba State capital have embarked on an indefinite strike action to press home their demands.

President of the Association, Ahmed Gabriel, who disclosed this to journalists blamed the decision on the alleged inability of the state government honoring its part of the agreement.

He lamented that medical personnel have been exposed to the COVID-19 pandemic, adding that the total number of resident doctors in the state is not up to 90.

According to him, the doctors are not happy with the inadequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) for the fight against coronavirus, non-implementation of the reversed Hazard Allowance and payment of COVID-19 inducement allowance and non-implementation of the N30, 000 minimum wage.

Others were insecurity as they lament the kidnap and killing of their colleagues, non-ensuring of pay parity among doctors and medical internship training.

While recalling that Taraba has not recorded any fatality since the outbreak of the virus, he attributed the feat to what he described as the resilience of the health workers within the state.

He regretted that the state government has not honored its agreement by paying the COVID-19 inducement allowance for health care workers.

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