By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Chairman of the National Association of Residents Doctors (NARD), Dr Adedayo Williams on Tuesday said there will be no going back on the association’s ongoing nationwide strike .
According to Dr Williams, the association is not ready to call off the on going nationwide strike until the federal government meets their demands
The Oyo state NARD Chairman hinted
Dr Williams stressed that although the federal government has invited the association for a meeting on Wednesday but that the resident doctors won’t call off the strike on a promissory note
“Our aim is not to endangered the lives of our patients, but we don’t want government to play games with us because a frustrated doctor that will be not able to concentrate and likely not unstable is even more dangerous that leaving patient uncared for”, he said
The NARD Chairman maintained that “the principles of medicine is you either leave the patient how they are or you do no harm, some of our demands were meet after our last agitation but there is need for the goverment to dialogue with us and sort things out.”
On the level of compliance by NARD members, the Chairman said “there is total compliance by members, but some patients who were admitted before the strike and on critical conditions were still been attended to”.
It will be recalled that some of the NARD demands includes: provision of genuine group life insurance and death in service benefit for all workers, immediate payment of the Medical Residency Training funding to all her members as approved in the reversed 2020 budget, immediate payment of the outstanding April/May and June Covid-19 inducement allowance to all health workers, determination of the revised hazard allowance for all health workers as agreed in previous meetings with relevant stakeholders
Other demands included immediate payment of the salary shortfalls of 2014, 2015 and 2016, doctors working under the various tertiary institutions should be placed on appropriate salary grade level and universal implementation of the Medical Residency Training Act of 2017 in all State tertiary institutions, and payment of all arrers owed our members in Federal and state tertiary health institutions, arising from consequential adjustments of the national minimum wages