The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) called off its strike on Thursday, four days after it began.

The association in a statement said its National Executive Council resolved to suspend the strike with effect from Friday by 8 a.m.

It said the decision was taken in order to give the federal government time to address its demands. The new development, the association said, will be reviewed in two weeks.

The doctors union, however, said local chapters of its association that are not satisfied with the conditions of service are allowed to continue the industrial action at their respective states.

“NEC resolved to suspend the ongoing indefinite nationwide strike action from tomorrow 11th of September 2020 by 8am

“However local chapters where the conditions of service have not improved should continue on the industrial action at the respective states until their demands are met to be reviewed in 2 weeks’ time,” the statement said.

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Resident doctors are certified doctors undergoing residency to become consultants. They make up a large percentage of doctors in Nigeria’s tertiary hospitals.

The doctors began a nationwide “indefinite strike” on Monday amid Nigeria’s continued fight against the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

The doctors are protesting the non-implementation of life insurance for those of them treating COVID-19 patients; the non-funding of their residency programme, hazard allowances and some unpaid arrears.


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