It was reported that the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has threatened to embark on nationwide strike to protest non-payment of wages of its members in eight states.
Its president, Dr. Dan-Jumbo Prince, gave the warning yesterday while addressing reporters in Ibadan on healthcare situation at Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital (LTH).
“Some state governments are owing our members their wages; in Abia State for 12 months, Osun State for eight months, Oyo for six months, Benue State for six months, Lagos State for two months, and in Rivers, Kogi and Plateau states, they are owing them four months,” he said.
He wondered how the states expect his members to deliver safe, quality, and effective healthcare to the people in the face of the hardship facing resident doctors.
“Embarrassment has being our situation from our children schools, our landlords and even in the market with the resultant effect of no money for food and no means of transport to work,” the NARD president added.
On situation in LTH, he said:” Our members in LTH, Ogbomoso is yet to receive any salary since the beginning of this year, culminating in over five months unpaid salaries.
“We therefore appeal to Governor Abiola Ajimobi, well-meaning citizens of Nigeria and human rights organisations to wade into this ugly situation in LTH, Ogbomoso, Oyo State to ensure adequate healthcare for the citizens.”
Dr. Prince gave the state governments owing his members two weeks’ ultimatum to pay up, warning that if they did not, the association will embark on a nationwide strike