Ahead of its scheduled full-blown nationwide strike on Thursday, April 1, the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), has disclosed that it will hold a meeting with representatives of the Federal Government on Wednesday (today).
Dr. Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, President of NARD, who confirmed this, said Dr. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, reached out to him on Tuesday for the meeting.
He said: “I was called by the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige, and we will have a meeting with him tomorrow (today) by 3pm. I was in a meeting with the House of Representatives Committee on Healthcare Chairman, Tanko Sununu, yesterday (Monday).
“We will also have a meeting with the Senate Committee on Health tomorrow by 11am. We look forward to seeing them and we are hopeful that we can get some of our demands.
The doctors had issued a 60-day ultimatum to press in their demands such as full payment of salaries of all House Officers and Residents on the GIFMIS platform; upward review of hazard allowance from N5,000 to 50 per cent of consolidated basic salaries of all health workers and the immediate payment of 2019, balance of 2020 and 2021 Medical Residency Training Funds (MRTF).
They also demanded the issuance of vouchers to the families and loved ones of doctors who lost their lives in service, especially those on the frontline of the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic and other infectious diseases.
According to Okhuaihesuyi, the listed conditions “are considered prime among other demands” but since the government is yet to make any commitment whatsoever the association will embark on “a total and indefinite strike” by 8am on April 1.