Resident Doctors threaten nationwide strike

President , National Association of Resident Doctors, Aliyu Sokomba speaking at the news conference in Bauchi on Saturday

The National Association of Resident Doctors on Saturday issued a 14-day ultimatum to the federal government to address some of their pending demands, including the non-payment of COVID-19 inducement allowances.

The doctor’s union threatened to embark on an industrial strike if the demands are not met by the end of the ultimatum

President of the Association, Aliyu Sokomba,  issued the warning at a news conference in Bauchi after the  40th ordinary general meeting of the association.

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‘’One of our demands is the payment of “the recent COVID-19 inducement allowance that was widely speculated to have been paid to Doctors and other health workers,’’ said Aliyu Sokomba.

‘’Another is the immediate recall of sacked resident doctors at the Jos University Teaching Hospital and payment of their salaries.’’

According to the President, they also want a universal implementation of the Resident Training Act in federal and state Teaching Hospitals while calling on governments at all levels to provide adequate personnel protective equipment for health workers.