In a decisive move, the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has declared an indefinite strike. The announcement was made through a terse statement issued on Tuesday evening, as reported by Channels Television.
The association’s demands, which triggered the strike action, include the immediate payment of the 2023 Medical Residency Training Fund (MRTF), the prompt release of the circular on one-for-one replacement, and the payment of skipping arrears, among other crucial issues.
Notably, the NARD had given a two-week ultimatum to the Federal Government on July 5, urging the implementation of all their demands. The ultimatum’s expiration led to the indefinite strike, posing potential challenges to the nation’s healthcare system.
As the strike takes effect, concerns arise about its impact on medical services and patient care. The association’s decision emphasizes the urgency and importance of addressing the doctors’ grievances to ensure the smooth functioning of the healthcare sector and the welfare of medical practitioners and patients alike.