The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), Ahmad Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH) yesterday , gave the hospital management two weeks ultimatum to meet its demands or face indefinite strike.
Addressing a press conference yesterday in Zaria , the president, Dr Waziri Aliyu-Dahiru said the association had on Aug. 30, 2016 held an emergency congress meeting to review events following earlier ultimatum.
He observed that the initial plan was to commence indefinite strike action today, Monday, Sep. 5, but it was suspended following the intervention of some prominent Nigerians like; the Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Sen. Shehu Sani (Kaduna Central) and Sen. Suleiman Hunkuyi (Kaduna North).
“Considering the antecedents and reputation of Prof. Abdulmuminu Rafindadi (former CMD), the integrity of members of his committee, the ongoing efforts by the Federal Ministry of Health and other distinguished Nigerians, we hereby extend the ultimatum to Sep. 15, 2016.
“This is to give enough time for amicable resolution of the problem and for the management to do the needful.
“In the event the hospital management does not show any commitment at the end of all these interventions by Sep. 15, we shall embark on a total indefinite strike,” he said.
It would be recalls that NARD ABUTH branch had on Monday, Aug. 15, 2016 staged a peaceful protest in the hospital after they addressed a press conference demanding improved environmental condition in the hospital.
According to him the demands of NARD include improving the treble state of health facilities and equipment, unwarranted sufferings of patients and their relations, lack of repairs and maintenance of structures leading to leakages of water and sewage. Other problems the union wants addressed is accreditation of some departments that have lost their accreditation.
When contacted, the ABUTH Chief Medical Director (CMD), Prof. Lawal Khalid said they were working towards addressing the problem but the only problem was money.
“When you do not have the money, there is no way you can adequately address a problem, however, we are working towards meeting their demands before the ultimatum expires,” Khalid assured.