Resident doctors suspend 2-month strike in Taraba

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The State Chapter of the Association of Resident Doctors on Monday suspended its -month-old strike.

Resident doctors the state had on December 24, 2020, embarked on an indefinite strike action over what they termed the government’s inability to honour and implement the Memorandum of Understanding signed September 2020.

Announcing the suspension of the strike at a press Jalingo, of the Association the State, Dr Gabriel Ahmed, said the decision was reached after several meetings, dialogue and discussions with relevant stakeholders the State.

According to him, the congress of the association agreed to suspend the ongoing strike and support efforts at curtailing the increasing cases of COVID-19 and within the state and its environs.

He said, “Also due to outcry and appeal from well-meaning stakeholders and to consider the citizens and people of state, the Association deem fit to suspend the strike.

“Governor Darius Ishaku has met some of the demands made by the association, while some of the demands are receiving attention.

“Based on the above premises, the strike action is hereby suspended wth effect from 12:00pm today 22 February 2021.

“All ARD members are hereby directed to report to their various stations by 8:am tomorrow, February 23.”

Resident Doctors embarked on strike last December over lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) for doctors, lack of running cost to the secondary healthcare facilities, non-implementation of 100% adjusted CONMESS, skipping, and minimum wage.

Other demands of the doctors were non of COVID-19 inducement and hazard allowance for all healthcare workers in the state, demand for the commencement of Internship training at State Specialist hospital for Medical Doctors, Nurses Pharmacist and Laboratory scientist.

This is even as the doctors listed adoption and implementation of medical residency training act of 2017 to enhance and the of healthcare to the people of Taraba state as well as increase manpower in the health sector as issues for the strike.