Resident doctors give conditions to call off strikeAugust 6, 2021
President of NARD, Dr Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi and Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire
The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors have listed payment of outstanding doctors’ salaries and hazard allowances minimum, enrolment of doctors in the integrated personal payroll information systems, amongst others, as minimum conditions to call off its indefinite strike which commenced on Monday, August 2, 2021.
The National President of NARD, Dr. Okhuaihesuyi Uyilawa, made this known on Friday while speaking on Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily’ programme monitored by The PUNCH.
According to him, Nigerians should hold the Federal Government and the Ministers of Health – Osagie Ehanire and Olorunnimbe Mamora responsible for the ongoing industrial action by the resident doctors in the country.
Uyilawa said, Today (Friday) makes 117 days since we gave notice of strike and that means we gave enough notice to the government. Initially, a strike ultimatum was given on January 1, which is 180 days ago before we had this problem. You (government) signed an agreement with us; you told us that you are going to make everything work but as it stands, nothing has been achieved by them.”
Continuing the NARD President said, “The basic thing any Nigerian wants is good healthcare. Tell us any zone in Nigeria where we have good functional hospitals, where every basic thing is there.