Resident Doctors Threatens to Go On Strike, Gives FG Deadline
The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) Tuesday gave the federal and state governments a September 30 deadline to implement all pending issues affecting the health sector in the country.
This is also as the group chided governments at all levels over the poor state of health-care delivery system in the country, describing the situation as pitiable.
Briefing newsmen at the end of the 26th Annual General Meeting of the Association in Enugu, the newly elected President, Dr. John Ugochukwu Onyebueze, said the resident doctors were obsessed with the infrastructural condition of the hospitals as well as the penchant of many Chief Medical Directors of Teaching Hospitals to disorganise the structure of the residency programme.
Onyebueze,flanked by the General Secretary, Dr. Aneke Emmanuel,Treasurer, Dr. Aloysius Ifedinso Ugwuoke, the Public Relations Officer, Dr. Asinobi Ugoeze as well as the UNTH chapter chairman of NARD, Dr. Chukwuma Oraegbunam declared that the union “cannot guarantee industrial harmony in the health sector if this persists beyond the payment of September salaries.”
He outlined the burning issues to include, improvement of infrastructure, urgent action against poliomyelitis and Lassa fever, as well as immediate release and implementation of the report on the Residency Training Programme.