A meeting held by the Federal Government and the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has ended in a deadlock as the efforts to persuade the association to end the indefinite strike was unsuccessful.
It was gathered that the indefinite strike by members of the NARD commenced yesterday. Reacting to comments that the Federal Government had started engaging the striking resident doctors, the NARD’s President Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi said the claim was false.
According to the Minister of Health Osagie Ehanire who made the government’s truce efforts known during the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) briefing on COVID-19 in Abuja. Ehanire said: “The Federal Ministry of Health is engaging resident doctors who have embarked on industrial action with a view to quickly resolving the issues.”
NARD President Okhuaihesuyi who spoke to The Nation said that the Health ministry is yet to contact the association in any form. He accused the ministry of frustrating the agreement between the Federal Government and NARD.
He further added that while the ministry insists that there is no money, the office of director-general of Budget categorically states that fund was available. However, the Health minister said, “While this is ongoing, medical directors at federal and state hospitals are directed to ensure that service delivery is not disrupted in their centres.”