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Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has appealed to the National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, to suspend their ongoing nationwide strike.

The resident doctors across Nigeria embarked on an indefinite nationwide strike on Monday to turn government’s attention to their plights and compel the government to yield to their demands.

The President of NARD, Onyebueze John, had in the early hours of Monday, following an executive meeting of the association, ordered the doctors to proceed on the strike until their demands were met by the government.

The minister in his appeal said the striking doctors should suspend the action in the interest of Nigerians who are in need of medical care.

The strike is expected to have a serious negative impact on health delivery in government owned secondary and tertiary hospitals in the country, particularly the teaching hospitals.

A press statement released by the ministry of health on Monday stated that the minister assured of the federal government ‘s commitment to address all the issues in contention.

Mr. Adewole said that the government needed a little more time to address all the issues.

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According to him “another round of meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, September 6, 2017 and it is hoped that more progress would have been made in reaching a consensus in all the issues being discussed.”

He also expressed the resolve of the President Buhari led administration to promote industrial harmony in the health sector.

Resident doctors are doctors practising at secondary and tertiary hospitals across the nation as part of their post-graduation studies.

The resident doctors or resident officers in Nigeria usually practice in a hospital under the direct or indirect supervision of a consultant and are usually under government employment.

Source: Naija News

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