Doctors under the aegis of Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) have called off their nine-weeks long strike as they set to resume on Wednesday.
This was announced in a statement by Ekpe Philips Uche, the Secretary-general of Nigerian Medical Association.
The NMA had advised NARD to stop the ongoing industrial action after a meeting that was held among delegates of NMA and NARD on Sunday in Abuja.
Confirming the news on Monday, Godiya Ishaya, the NARD president, said, ” We’ve officially suspended the strike to resume at 8:00 am on Wednesday.”
Furthermore, he stated that “We made the decision in the wee hours of today. We held an emergency meeting from 5:30 pm on Sunday to the morning hours of today, and the NEC decided that having reviewed the progress made so far, the strike should be suspended.”
Also, it was reported that the NMA authorised the National Officers Committee, NOC, to ensure the implementation of the memorandum of understanding signed with the federal government on the 21st of August.
In addition to this, The association asked NOC to periodically recount back to the National Executive Council of NMA on the progress being made on implementing the memorandum of understanding.
The doctor’s union had in August embarked on strike following a disagreement with the federal government over the non-availability of mediecal equipment at public tertiary hospitals.
This had halted all activities in public tertiary hospitals across the country, leaving patients unattended to.