An Non governmental Organisation,Onirese House Foundation has applauded the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) for calling off it’s strike action to save the lives of Nigerians.
The strike by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), which represents some 40 percent of Nigeria’s doctors, began last Monday but had exempted medics treating coronavirus patients.
The Doctor’s union decided to suspend the strike action from Monday, June 22, following the intervention by state governors and others, in order to give the government time to fulfil the outstanding demands.
In an interview with ROUNDOYO, the founder of the Foundation, Dr Paul Ajagbe, who is also a medical practitioner said any reduction in capacity could severely hamper the nation’s ability to tackle the pandemic as the number of cases continues to rise everyday.
He said despite that health practitioners are those who are facing the huge hazards of the ongoing pandemic, it’s saddening that the government his not meeting their demands.
The NGO now called on the government at all levels to provide adequate personal protective equipment and increase the hazard allowance of the medical Doctors and other health practitioners remembering health practitioners also not to forget their oath.
Meanwhile, more than 800 healthcare workers have been infected by the virus, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.