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Nigeria: NARD Embark On Nationwide Strike

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National Association of Resident Doctors has embarked on a nationwide strike to press home its demand.

The union says the strike is coming on the heels of the inability of the Federal Government to meet its yearnings in June 2020.
Union leader stated that the demands by the doctors include a pay rise, better welfare, and adequate facilities.

The industrial action by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), which represents 40 percent of the doctors, is the latest string of stoppages by medics to hit Africa’s most populous nation as it struggles to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Sokomba stated that long-standing issues such as provision of life insurance, a pay rise, payment of salary arrears as well as provision of adequate facilities for doctors are the reasons for the strike.

The authorities fear any reduction in capacity could severely hamper its ability to tackle the pandemic as the number of cases continues to rise.

In June 2020, NARD staged a week-long strike over welfare and inadequate protective kits but doctors treating virus cases remained on the job.

Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation of 200 million inhabitants, has recorded over 55,000 Covid-19 cases and 1,057 deaths.

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