Unless the Nigerian government meets its demand by midnight, Sunday, June 19, the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) will go on an indefinite nationwide strike. National president of the association Muhammad Askira told journalists in Kano, this Tuesday, that the decision was taken at the ordinary general meeting of the National Executive Council of the association in Jos.
“NARD has to take this painful decision in order to highlight the plight of our hardworking members who have had to endure a long period of deprivation and disenfranchisement,” he said. He promised, however, that NARD would be ready for discussions.
A strike by doctors often puts patients in great pains. The sick in public hospitals are left to die or seek care in private hospitals, which are not affordable to many.