Update on NARD Strike: Ministry yet to invite us for dialogue — President

  Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, the President, Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD),
the Ministry of Labour and Employment yet to invite the doctors for dialogue.Okhuaihesuyi made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja while giving an update on the NARD strike, which enters day six.He said “no invitation been extended to NARD from the Ministry of Labour and Employment over the strike; the strike is still on.

“We did not get any invite from the Ministry of Labour, so, we will continue till they call us.“However, we have a scheduled meeting with Rep. Tanko Sununu, the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Healthcare Services on April 8.”He added that NARD was still waiting and hoping that would respond appropriately, noting that was desirous that the strike came to an end

.He said that the association would not shift because that was why delayed the strike and considered all options to ensure was
averted but had to resort to the action as resort.He explained that “we reviewed all avenues to avoid the strike and sorted things out before got to this stage and as stands now, we cannot back down.“That is the instruction from our National Executive Council; we resolved that until our demands are met, the strike will continue.’NAN reports that NARD embarked on an indefinite strike on April 1 to press home its demands over welfare, non- of hazard allowance, salaries, among others.NARD is seeking immediate payment of all salaries owed to house officers, including March salary not before the end of business on March 31, 2021.Others are: the abolishment of exorbitant bench fees being by members on outside in all training across the country.The association is also demanding for upward of the current hazard allowance to 50 per cent of consolidated basic salaries of all health workers and payment of  outstanding COVID-19 inducement allowance, among others.

Meanwhile, the NARD president said “ hospitals are still providing services as consultants are still attending to patients.“It is the resident doctors that are on strike and they are below the consultants, so, services are still on in hospitals.” (NAN)