The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) is maintaining its stance on the ongoing strike, which has entered its fourth day.
According to the NARD President, Doctor Emeka Oji, the Federal Government has yet to accede to their demands, leading the association to continue with the total and indefinite strike.
During a press conference held in Lagos State, Doctor Oji emphasized that the strike action will persist until the government demonstrates reasonable progress in addressing the demands put forth in the ultimatum issued to them on July 15, 2023.
The demands, as highlighted by Oji, include urgent resolutions from both federal and state governments to prevent further escalation of the industrial disharmony prevailing in the health sector across the country.
It’s important to note that NARD represents approximately 15,000 resident doctors, a significant number among the total count of over 40,000 doctors in Nigeria. However, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), the parent body of NARD, has not joined in the strike, which means NARD is currently leading the struggle independently.
As the strike continues, the situation underscores the pressing need for a swift and effective resolution to address the concerns raised by NARD, ensuring that healthcare services can be restored to normalcy for the benefit of the public.