It seems the medical practitioner and the Federal Government have reached a compromise as the resident doctors, who have been on strike have agreed to call it off. The whole news is here as reported by The Nations Newspaper.
Resident doctors under the aegis of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) have suspended their indefinite strike action, which started on June 15.
They acknowledged the provision of personal protective equipment (PPEs) in some hospitals but said there were still needs for sustained supplies.
The doctors also announced the Medical Residency Training funding has been included in the revised 2020 budget through the intervention of Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila and will be implemented as soon as the budget is assented to by the President.
They however gave the Federal Government four weeks to make good its promises.
NARD President Dr. Aliyu Sokomba made these known in Abuja at a briefing after its extraordinary virtual National Executive Council (NEC) meeting.
He said: “The NEC acknowledges the provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to some hospitals. However these PPEs are consumables and non-reusable, therefore the need for sustained supply.
“The Medical residency training funding has been included in the revised 2020 budget through the intervention of the Hon. Speaker, House of Representative and will be implemented as soon as the budget is assented to by the President. At the same time, we await the fulfillment of the promise made by the Nigeria Governors Forum to ensure the same is done in all the states.
“On the Salary shortfall for 2014-2016, The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) has promised to intervene. The government has shown a commitment to procure group life insurance for health workers.
“The disengaged resident doctors at Jos University Teaching Hospital have been reinstated, the Chief Medical Director has been directed to pay their withheld salaries and comply with the provisions of the Medical Residency Training Act (MRTA).”