SWITZERLAND, JULY 28 – The Federal Government and the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) met on Monday over the planned industrial action of the medical practitioners.
The conciliation meeting held at the Conference Hall of the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Abuja, ended with high expectations that the planned strike would be shelved.
At the discussion, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, who convened the meeting gave an assurance that the government would address the issues raised by the doctors.
According to him, “The Federal Government will continue to appreciate the untiring efforts of all health workers. The President at every time, remembers you and thanks you for the immense sacrifice you make for the nation and firmly believes that nothing is too much to do for you to show appreciation. Government will do more to protect the health of our people.”
This comes two days after the resident doctors issued a three-week ultimatum to the Federal Government to address the issues raised by the union or risk a nationwide strike.
The demands include the doctors’ welfare, the residency training programme, and the poor state of infrastructure in government hospitals.
Government officials also at the meeting include the Minister of State for Health, Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora, and the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr Festus Keyamo.