In compliance with a directive by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), members of the association in Ondo State have embarked on indefinite strike.
Resident doctors in other states are also set to begin indefinite strike in various hospitals across the country.
NARD had declared indefinite strike beginning from Monday (today).
The National President of NARD, Dr. Okhuaihesuyi Uyilawa announced this on Saturday in Abia State at the end of the union’s National Executive Council meeting.
Uyilawa cited the inability of the Federal Government to implement the agreements it entered with the union 113 days after it suspended the previous strike as a reason for the industrial action.
Other reasons for the strike, according to the NARD boss, include poor working environment in public hospitals, irregular payment of doctors salaries and hazard allowances of N5, 000, which was reviewed last in 1991.
The doctors’ industrial action comes on the trail of a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the countrya and at a time when President Muhammadu Buhari is in the UK for medical reasons.
A report by SaharaReporters stated that the strike is effective in General Hospitals and the Federal Medical Centre FMC in Owó.
Chairman of NARD in the state, Tope Olatilu, confirmed that the industrial action has been effective across that state.
Olatilu said the doctors will only return to work after the government has implemented the agreements it entered with the union 113 days after it suspended the previous strike as a reason for the industrial action.