The Members of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) have suspended their nationwide industrial action.
Daily Blinks reports that NARD suspended the strike when it is about 10 days today since Association embarked on the strike which has caused a lot of problems in public hospitals across the country, leaving countless patients in gloomy condition.
The President of NARD, Dr Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, confirmed the suspension of the strike on Saturday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
He explained that the leadership of the union resolved to suspend the industrial action after a virtual meeting with members which lasted about 15 hours.
According to him “We have suspended our strike after our meeting which ended about an hour ago,” said Dr Okhuaihesuyi.
However, he was asked to clarify whether the strike suspended or called off, he said “No, it was only suspended not called off”
He added that a communique to that effect was being put together and would be made available to the media before the end of Saturday.
The medical practitioners suspended the strike barely a day after a meeting between the leadership of the union and the Federal Government.
Dr Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, chaired the meeting which lasted about six hours and was also attended by the Minister of State for Health, Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora.
Briefing reporters on Friday at the end of the meeting, Ngige disclosed that a five-man committee had been set up to look into some of the doctors’ demands, hazard allowances and unpaid areas of some recent months.
They included Dr Okhuaihesuyi, the Secretary-General of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), and representatives from the ministries of labour and health.
SOURCE: SCOOP REPORTERS