The National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD) has ordered its members to embark on a nationwide strike from Tuesday, 1st October 2013.
In a communiqué issued at the end of the extra ordinary national executive council meeting of the association held on the 28th of September 2013 in Abuja certain observations were noted:
Firstly, “the persistent unwillingness of the federal Government to articulate a comprehensive guideline for residency training in Nigeria despite numerous engagements with stakeholders…”
Another observation contained in the communiqué was a condemnation “…in very strong terms the continuous victimization of our members in Federal Medical Centre Owerri by the Medical Director, Dr (mrs) Angela Uwakwem.”
It was further noted that the Federal Government has failed to appropriately respond to their demands as contained in an earlier ultimatum, which is bound to expire at midnight 30th September 2013.
Consequently, NARD expects the Federal Government to produce a blueprint on residency training in conjunction with NARD and other stakeholders with immediate effect.
The association also wants a removal from office of the Medical Director of Federal Medical Centre, Owerri.
As a result of the above, NARD has directed all its members nationwide to immediately proceed on an indefinite and total withdrawal of services from 8am of Tuesday, 1st October 2013 until further instructions are given.
The communiqué was signed by the President of the association, Dr. Jibril Abdullahi, Acting Secretary General, Dr. Udu Chijioke Udu and the publicity/social secretary of the association, Dr. Ilokonuno Chinedu.