Members of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) have commenced an indefinite nationwide strike, as Nigeria battles the novel coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).
Addressing the press on Monday, June 15, 2020, in Abuja, NARD President, Dr Aliyu Sokomba said the strike will go on without healthcare professionals saving lives in various coronavirus (COVID-19) isolation and treatment centres across the country.
Sokomba, however, added that exemption of members attending to COVID-19 patients will only be for two weeks before they are coerced to join the industrial action.
The union is embarking on the strike because series of meetings with the federal government bordering on non-payment of special allowances to resident doctors, have yielded little.
NARD is also unhappy with the shabby and deplorable states of the nation’s hospitals.