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Why We Suspended Nationwide Strike – NARD

The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has explained why it suspended the nationwide strike it embarked upon on July 26, 2023.

The NARD President, Dr. Emeka Orji explained that the strike was suspended following significant moves made by the Federal Government to address the doctors’ demands.

He further said the National Executive Council of NARD decided to suspend the strike since the government has started addressing some of their issues.

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According to him, “We had a meeting at the villa and with the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, on Tuesday, and we saw that they were willing to meet our demands, and for the interest of the people and the country, we have to suspend the strike.

“For now, the government has released the 2023 Medical Residency Training Fund and has started work on the circular on a one-for-one replacement because they sent a letter to Chief Medical Directors to provide some documents, and some have sent it the documents required. So we hope that the one-for-one replacement of doctors will take effect soon.

“The circular on one-for-one replacement would address the manpower shortage and hopefully, this will take effect in the next two weeks.”