By Chioma Obinna
After six hours of deliberations on Sunday, the National Executive Council, NEC, of the National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, has ordered an indefinite strike action on Monday (today).
President of NARD, Dr. Aliyu Sokomba, disclosed the doctors’ position to Vanguard.
He added that NEC also resolved to exclude doctors managing COVID-19 at the various isolation and treatment centres in Nigeria from the industrial action.
According to Sokomba, the exemption was a demonstration of goodwill to Nigerians and in appreciation of the efforts and sincerity of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Femi Gbajamila, and other stakeholders in resolving the issues.
On the action, since the government failed to meet the deadline they gave, Sokomba had said he planned to present the promises that have been made to the NEC for consideration and whatever they shall decide, would be their next line of action.
Hence, the decision for the resident doctors to go on strike today was taken by the NEC.
Meanwhile, the Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, has warned that Nigeria cannot afford any reduction in the number of available doctors, now that the country is faced with the COVID-19 pandemic.