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BREAKING: Doctors To Embark on Nationwide Protest on Wednesday, August 9

On Wednesday, August 9, Nigerian resident physicians will launch a nationwide protest to press their demands for higher compensation.

The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) announced this on Saturday, August 5, during a virtual meeting.

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The association noted that the strike and demonstration had become necessary in order to emphasize their plight.

FCT, Abuja On Wednesday, August 9, the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) will initiate a nationwide protest.

On Saturday, August 5th, its National Executive Council (E-NEC) issued a virtual statement in which it made this announcement.

Wednesday, August 9, would mark the beginning of a nationwide protest by resident physicians.

According to the Daily Trust, the association’s president, Dr. Orji Emeka Innocent, and secretary-general, Dr. Chikezie Kelechi, co-signed the statement.

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The assertion reads:

“We wish to bring to your notice, of the decision of the National Executive Council of NARD to embark on a daily peaceful protests and picketing of the Federal Ministry of Health, Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, as well as all federal and state tertiary health institutions nationwide, with effect from Wednesday, 9th August 2023.”

The association reiterated that the protest had become imperative to press the federal government to meet their demands.

They noted:

“We are pained that rather than make genuine and concerted efforts to resolve the challenges that led to the industrial action despite repeated ultimatums, our parent ministry and the federal government have chosen to demonize Nigerian resident doctors instead, after all their sacrifices and patriotism.”

The association stated that it has therefore resolved that it is time for the entire world to hear its side of the story regarding the deterioration and corruption in the health sector, as well as the years of neglect public health institutions have endured that have led to repeated industrial actions.

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