The National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD) will commence a nationwide strike tomorrow. The president of the association, Dr. Muhammad Askira, announced this on Tuesday, saying the decision was taken at the ordinary general meeting of the national executive council of the association held in Jos between May 30 and June 5.
“Sixteen out of 58 federal tertiary institutions or centres were exempted from the initial centre based strike for the commitment of the chief medical director of the hospitals to implement the federal government’s directives,” he said.
“If by midnight on Sunday, June 19, our demands are not met, all the members of the association, including those exempted, would join the indefinite nationwide strike.”
Askira, according to The Cable, said the association found it necessary to take “the painful decision” following the inability of the government to meet its demands. “Due to the failure of the government to address the demands of NARD, it has declared a total and indefinite strike,” he said.
“NARD has to take this painful decision in order to highlight the plight of our hardworking members who have had to endure a long period of deprivation and disenfranchisement.” He said the association would continue to be open to discussion and ready to partner government to ensure effective healthcare service delivery to Nigerians.