The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) started a national strike on Monday as a result of the federal government’s inability to meet its demands.
NARD’s industrial action is the latest in a series of medical strikes to hit Africa’s most populous nation as it tries to curb the spread of coronavirus.
NARD claimed that their demands, which the federal government had failed to satisfy, included a pay increase, improved healthcare, and sufficient services.
“We began the strike today,” NARD President Aliyu Sokomba told AFP, adding that medics treating virus cases will join the protest this time around.
“There won’t be any restrictions,” he said.
Sokomba said long-standing issues such as the provision of life insurance, a pay rise, payment of The reasons for the strike were wage arrears as well as the lack of sufficient medical facilities.
“We have arrears of 2014 , 2015 , 2016, wage shortfalls that were due over six years ago, still unpaid,” he said.
“These are the problems that we have, and they seem not to have been dealt with until today,” he said.
“It’s an indefinite strike,” Sokomba said, adding that it would be called off only after the union’s demands had been met.