The National president of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors(NARD), Dr. Okhuaihesuyi Uyilawa, announced on Saturday in Umuahia, the Abia State capital, at the end of the association’s National Executive Council meeting that the association will commence indefinite strike on Monday, August 2,2021.
According to Uyilawa, the strike is as a result of Federal Government’s inability to implement the agreements it entered with the union 113 days after it suspended the previous strike.
He said that poor working environment in public hospitals, irregular payment of doctors’ salaries and hazard allowances of N5,000 monthly, which was reviewed last in 1991, were some of the issues under contention between the union and the Federal and state governments.
Uyilawa also revealed that as part of a memorandum of action with the Federal Government, it was agreed that her members should enroll with the intergrated personal payroll information systems, to prevent shortfalls in her members salary, adding that the agreement did not go as planned as a result of an embargo from the office of head of service of Federation.
He lamented that only one out 19 families of medical Doctors who lost their lives to the COVID-19 pandemic had receive their death in service insurance after assurances from the Minister of Health,Dr Ehanire Osagie and Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige.
“We ask Nigerians when will our government become responsible enough to solve the challenges facing the health sector?
“Even with all this problems only 4% of the total budget is allocated to the health sector, while 25-50% goes into payment of those in power. That shows that priority lies more on the interest of those in power than Nigerian citizens.
“While we apologise to Nigerian citizens for the impact of the impending strike action on them, we want the government to implement all the agreements we have had with them for over a decade standing to improve the health sector and doctors welfare,” he said.