Resident doctors embark on nationwide strike

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Making good its threat to embark on a nationwide strike action if their demands were not met, residents doctors under the aegis of National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) on Monday began an indefinite industrial action.

President of the association, Aliyu Sokomba, confirmed this development in a telephone interview with some journalists on Monday.

Dr Sokomba said the doctors decided to embark on strike because of the failure of the government to honour the agreements reached with the association earlier in June this year.

The doctors had downed tools in June over unpaid salaries, non-payment of hazard allowance, and lack of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in hospitals.

The one-week-long strike was however suspended to give the federal and state governments enough time to fulfil their demands following the intervention of Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, Secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha and Chairman of the Governors Forum, Kayode Fayemi among others.

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