Resident Doctors in Nigeria under the aegis of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) have suspended their nationwide industrial action after 10 days which according to the Federal Government has left hospitalized patients across various government-owned hospitals in the country unattended to.
Confirming the suspension of the strike action, Dr Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, National President of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) noted that the leadership of the union arrived at the decision to suspend the industrial action after a 15-hour long virtual meeting with members of the union.
Dr Okhuaihesuyi added that the union would further address a press conference on its decision on Sunday.
This comes barely a day after a meeting between the medical practitioners and the Federal Government.
Dr Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, chaired the meeting which lasted about six hours and was also attended by the Minister of State for Health, Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora.
Federal Government accuses Resident Doctors of Playing with the Lives of citizens
Earlier on, The Federal Government had accused the striking medical doctors of playing with the lives of Nigerians who are in need of medical attention.
Dr Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment made this known at one of the session held with the aggrieved doctors on Friday urging the doctors to call off the strike latest by 12 noon on Saturday, but the union only suspended it at about 8:09pm.
The minister mentioned that concrete steps were already being taken to meet the demands of the doctors and neither National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) or the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) were a trade union thus noting that many citizens have lost their lives in the country resulting from the strike action embarked on by the doctors.