By Ella Makondo
The Nigeria Association of Resident Doctors ( NARD) has urged other medical bodies to join it in its nationwide strike that commenced on Monday saying the Federal Government has not invited its leadership for any meeting for the upward review of the N5000 hazard allowance.
The association enjoined the Nigerian Medical Association ( NMA), Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives and others to support the resident doctors in the struggle for improved welfare of members.
The National Publicity Secretary of NARD, Dr Stanley Egbogu revealed this in an interview with The PUNCH.
“The Federal Government has not invited us to a meeting after we notified them that we will be proceeding on strike. We have directed all our members across the country both federal and state institutions to recommence the strike we suspended on June 22, 2020.
“We call on all other unions in the health sector, the NMA, PSN, NANNM to support this struggle for upward review of our hazard allowance from the paltry sum of N5,000.
“The truth is that the current hazard can’t be compared to the daily risks of hazard we face every day from the current coronavirus to the Hepatitis B and C viruses. The risks is just too much for N5,000,” he said.
It would be recalled that NARD had resolved to commerce an indefinite strike with effect from Monday September 7 2020, demanding payment of the medical residency training funding to all its members as approved in the revised 2020 budget.
The association is also demanding payment of outstanding April/May and June COVID-19 inducement allowances to all health workers, among others.