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Govt Hospitals Grounded as Resident Doctors Begin Strike

THE nationwide strike by resident doctors went ahead on Monday as planned with a warning from the National Association of Resident Doctors that the industrial action would be total.

Activities in most hospitals across the country were paralysed, just as NARD vowed that it would not call off the strike until its demands were met.

Some patients were stranded particularly in some Abuja hospitals as a result of the strike.

The President of the association, Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, who spoke in an interview with The PUNCH, said the Federal Government had yet to reach out to the doctors on their demands.

Okhuaihesuyi had on Saturday in Umuahia after the Annual General Meeting of the association’s National Executive Council announced that members would be embarking on an indefinite strike.

Some of the issues raised include the inconsistent payment of salaries, hazard allowances, non-payment of death benefits and issues surrounding registration of members on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System.

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