In line with the consensus reached at the Wednesday meeting, the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has suspended its nationwide strike.
This was revealed by the President of the Association, Dr. Aliyu Sokomba on Thursday night. According to him, the union will in two weeks review the progress made in the dialogue with the Federal Government.
At the Wednesday meeting where an agreement was reached, which almost took a day, NARD had revealed that it will mediate with the executive council to fast track the potential termination of the strike.
Both parties had been in talks to resolve the issues which led to NARD declaring an end to the country-wide strike.
Meanwhile, Senator Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment had on Wednesday revealed that the Federal Government approved an additional N8.9 billion to pay up a large chunk of the June 2020 COVID-19 allowance to all health workers across the nation.
Furthermore, Ngige noted that the implementation of the payment of the Special Hazard and Inducement Allowance has been concluded. As a matter of fact, the mandate has been sent to the Central Bank of Nigeria for payments to start effectively from September 9. Hence, the total disbursement sums up to about N288 billion.
It will be recalled that the doctors resulted to industrial action to resolve issues centering on group life insurance for doctors and other health care workers, payment of death-in-service benefit to next of kin/beneficiaries, universal implementation of the medical Residency Training Act in all Federal and state hospitals, immediate review of the hazard allowance of healthcare workers and payment of the COVID-19 inducement allowance.