Nigerian doctors suspend strike after talks

Doctors in Nigeria have suspended their strike after holding talks with the authorities.

The doctors had downed their tools on Monday to demand a pay rise, better welfare and improved facilities. Those on the front-line on Covid-19 treatment had joined the strike.

The National Association of Resident Doctors (Nard), whose members make up 40% of doctors in the country, said it is calling off the strike to give government enough time to resolve their demands.

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It said the government had met some of their demands – including getting life insurance for the medics.

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This is a short respite for the government, but the association said they will review the situation after two weeks if the outstanding issues are not resolved.

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The impact of the strike was already being felt – forcing the government to draft graduate doctors on their mandatory one year national service to replace the striking doctors in hospitals.

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The government described the strike as ill-timed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

There have been several strikes in Nigeria since the beginning of the pandemic, with doctors demanding better pay and personal protective equipment.


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