Reps Urge Resident Doctors to Suspend Strike

Ibrahim Shehu FRCN

The House of Representatives Committee on Health Services has urged the National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD to suspend its ongoing strike in the interest of the nation.

The chairman of the Committee, Dr. Tanko Sununu made the call in a remark at the end of the two day tripartite meeting held over the industrial action by the Resident Doctors.

Dr. Sununu said the meeting has agreed on almost all the Doctor’s grievances and that efforts are being made to implement the agreement for the benefit of Nigerians.

The committee chairman decried the suffering, Nigerians are going through due to the strike, insisting that all that is needed to ensure that the striking doctors resumed duties must be done.

The Director-General, Budget Office of the Federation, Mr Ben Akabueze, informed the lawmakers that N5.42 billion meant for residency training for 2020 and 2021 was available and would be paid once the relevant procedure is followed.

Issues agreed on in the meeting include payment of outstanding medical training funds, manpower in the health sector as well as regularization of those affected by the salary migration to IPPIS.

Those who attended the meeting include, the Minister of State for Health, Permanent Secretaries Ministry of Finance and Head of Service of the Federation, Director General Budget Office, Chief Medical Directors of Federal Health Institutions as well as NARD and NMA executives.

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