Kingsley Braide, Yenagoa
The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), has called on the Federal Government to urgently attend to its demand or face continuous lockdown of the nation’s health sector.
Chairman of the association at the Federal Medical Center Yenagoa, Dr. Ebiomie Divine Irole, who stated this in an interview with newsmen, said the ongoing nationwide strike could have been avoided if not for the attitude of the Federal Government in failing to keep its promises.
“This strike is due to the repeated promises that are not kept by our leaders. Doctors have worked for four months and they are yet to be paid.
“We have doctors that has died from covid19, even Lassa fever, hepatitis and other ailments, during active service and the government promised us insurance. Their loved ones and family members and next-of-kin are yet to get death benefits.
“I can still tell you that even in Bayelsa State, the Medical Residency Training Act, is yet to be domesticated.
“Like in other federal medical institutions where there are some support the resident doctors get, because the training is very tasking and draining. Any health system that trains resident doctors must work”.
She enjoined the federal government to listen to the plight of the Nigerian Resident doctors, saying they are always willing to serve the people.
Also speaking, Dr. Shadrachson Sintei, called on the federal government to hid to their demands and not shy away from their responsibilities.
“We have been interfacing with the media and even the government on our demands. There are about 13 demands.
“These demands are not out of the blues, they are doable, they are something that are feasible, thing that are realistic and time bound.
“We have had series of negotiations and meetings with government were they brought memorandum of understanding which later changed to memorandum of terms of settlement and now what they are telling us is memorandum of action.
“All these things is just a way of shifting the goal post”, Sintei stated