The National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, have given the federal and state government until September 30th to resolve all outstanding issues in the health sector or they embark on indefinite strike.
Dr. John Onyebueze, the newly elected President of the association gave the warning at the end of NARD’s 26th Annual General Meeting in Enugu.
He expressed displeasure with the current state of public health care delivery in the country, describing the situation as ‘pitiable’.
Dr. Onyebueze call for the immediate implementation of pending agreements between the government and health workers, warning that the association “cannot guarantee industrial harmony in the health sector if this persists beyond the payment of September salaries”.
He also demanded the immediate upgrade of infrastructure in teaching hospitals, urgent action against poliomyelitis and Lassa fever, as well as the immediate release and implementation of the report on the Residency Training Programme.
He added that the association was unhappy with the disruption of the structure of the residency programme by chief medical directors of teaching hospitals.