The Taraba State Chapter of the Association of Resident Doctors on Monday suspended its two-month-old strike.
Resident doctors in 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 in September 2020.
Announcing the suspension of the strike at a press conference in Jalingo, President of the Association in the State, Dr Gabriel Ahmed, said the decision was reached after several meetings, dialogue and discussions with relevant stakeholders in 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 Lassa fever within the state and its environs.
He said, “Also due to public outcry and appeal from well-meaning stakeholders and traditional rulers to consider the citizens and people of Taraba state, the Association deem it 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 in Taraba 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 new minimum wage.
Other demands of the doctors were non payment 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 improve the quality of healthcare services to the people of Taraba state as well as increase manpower in the health sector as issues for the strike.