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#Breaking! Doctors Extend Strike Ultimatum By Two Weeks.

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Nigerian doctors under the aegis of National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has extended the two-week ultimatum issued to the Federal Government three weeks ago by another two weeks.

According to reports, the decision was made during a scheduled extraordinary National Executive Council (NEC) meeting held at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Ilorin, Kwara State, on Saturday, August 20, 2022.

The association said it shifted its decision to give room for intervention by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Labour and Employment.

The resident doctors had, on July 30, 2022, issued a two-week ultimatum to the Federal Government to implement all the agreements it had with the association or it would embark on an indefinite strike.

NARD’s demands include the payment of the newly-reviewed Medical Residency Training Fund; the immediate implementation and payment of the new hazard allowance and arrears among several others.

Issues in the sector have led to what many have referred to as the Brain Drain which has led to many highly trained Nigerian Doctors leaving for better conditions of service, welfare and availability of modern equipments to save lives which is the main part of the Hippocratic oath all Doctors take on induction.

NARD, had at the expiration of the ultimatum on August 14, shifted its decision till after its extraordinary NEC meeting.

NARD, had at the expiration of the ultimatum on August 14, shifted its decision till after its extraordinary NEC meeting.

Speaking on Sunday, the President of NARD, Dr. Dare Ishaya said “The extraordinary NEC resolved that since the Ministry of Health through the Minister of State for Health, Ekumankama Joseph Nkama, has communicated to the Ministry of Finance to release the funds for the payment of the new hazard allowance and the Medical Residency Training Fund, we should give two more weeks to observe and see the rate at which our issues will receive the attention of the authorities concerned.

“After then, we will now make a comprehensive decision. So we are extending our ultimatum by two weeks.

“The other issues raised are still there but we have seen some moves towards resolving them and we want to give more time to see how it turns with the help of the Minister of State for Health and Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, so we want to give them more time to intervene.”

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