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COVID-19: Resident doctors threaten strike, make demands from FG

The National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, has threatened to embark on an indefinite strike action beginning from June 15 over unpaid COVID-19 allowances and also other issues.

The NARD President, Dr. Aliyu Sokomba, disclosed this in a statement released on Monday, accusing the government of being insensitive to the demands of doctors.

Sokomba said doctors in isolation wards and treatment centers for the coronavirus disease will not be exempted from the strike action once it begins.

“We hereby request that all illegal deductions of salaries by some State government should be stopped.

“Federal Government should equally pay salaries and other COVID19 inducement allowances of members in order to avoid untold hardship to the members and their families.

“NARD demands a refund of illegally deducted salaries and a stop to the harassment and assault of doctors in the line of duty.

“Provisions for the supply of Personal Protective Equipment should be made as there has been an inadequate supply of the PPE’s for health workers.

“Also, we request that the government provides life insurance for doctors and other health workers in the frontline,” the statement said.

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