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Just in: Doctors begin indefinite strike over unpaid allowances

By Monsuru Olowoopejo

Hard times now awaits patients in public hospitals after members of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) embarked on an indefinite nationwide strike over unpaid allowances.

The doctors said that their members on the frontline of COVID-19 would be exempted for two weeks before joining their colleagues to down tools in the country.

NARD President, Dr Aliyu Sokomba, who announced this while addressing a press conference on Monday in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, explained that the union took the decision to go on strike as a result of the failed negotiation between Federal Government and the doctors in the last two weeks.

According to him, the meetings between both parties have failed to resolve the lingering industrial disputes which include the non-payment of special allowances for the resident doctors and others

Sokomba further decried the deplorable state of hospitals and the lack of protective equipment for members of the union treating COVID-19 patients.

The president added that this has exposed many of their colleagues to coronavirus and resulted in the death of some of them.

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