Nigerian Doctors Issue Ultimatum For Nationwide Strike

By Damilare Adeleye

The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has given the Federal Government two weeks ultimatum to implement agreements bordering on their demands or otherwise face industrial action.

The ultimatum was contained in a communique issued on Saturday at the end of its Extraordinary National Executive Council meeting held in Abeokuta, Ogun state.

The meeting which held from Thursday, April 27 to Saturday was predicated upon burning issues affecting the welfare of the doctors and the alarming rate of flight of doctors and other healthcare workers on account of poor remuneration, gross inadequate funding of the health sector, and the attendant negative effect on the citizens and the health workers.

The communique stated that the doctors are demanding an immediate increment in the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure to the tune of 200 per cent of the current gross salary of doctors in addition to the new allowances included in the letter written by the association to the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire on July 7, 2022, on the review of CONMESS.