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Resident doctors suspend strike

by Muhammad Sani
By Haruna Gimba
The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has suspended its nationwide indefinite strike which commenced on June 20.
The president of the association, Dr. Mohammad Askira, made the disclosure in Abuja while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the association’s National Executive Council meeting held on Friday.
He said the strike was suspended to enable the federal government implement the agreement reached with the association on or before July 14, adding that the doctors would resume work on Monday, July 27.
The decision came days after the government ordered the dismissal of doctors who failed to report for work.
Dr. Askira said the NARD’s meeting also resolved to review the progress of government intervention at the next NEC meeting of the association scheduled for July 25 to 30 in Keffi for appropriation action.
Askira expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for his promise to implement all the agreement reached between the association and the government.
He commended the president for directing the Minister of Health to resolve the impasse in the best interest of Nigerians.
He also expressed gratitude to the Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) among others for their intervention to resolve the crisis.
Health Reporters had reported that the resident doctors commenced strike on June 20 to protest against nonpayment of salaries, non- availability of residency training guidelines, among others.

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