The National Association of Resident Doctors has threatened to proceed on an industrial action if the Federal Government fails to pay their coronavirus (COVID-19) allowance within 14 days.
The doctors’ union issued the warning at the 40th ordinary general meeting of the association at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH), Bauchi, on Saturday.
Reading the meeting communique at a press briefing, Aliyu Sokomba, NARD President, lamented that the payment of “the recent COVID-19 inducement allowance that was widely speculated to have been paid to Doctors and other health workers” has not been made despite the repeated promises by the government in the media.
He also claimed that some of the association’s members were intimidated, harassed and maltreated in Lagos, Kaduna, Plateau States and Federal Capital Territory. in the cause of performing their duties during the COVID-19 lockdown.
The NARD President also faulted the sacking of 26 members at the Jos University Teaching Hospital, Plateau State, and the slashing of medical personnel salaries by 25 per cent by the Kaduna State government in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“NARD demands immediate recall of the sacked resident doctors at Jos University Teaching Hospital and payment of their salaries.
“NARD demands immediate implementation of the revised hazard allowance, payment of COVID-19 inducement allowance. NARD condemns all illegal deductions in salaries of our members by some state governments and demands an immediate refund.
“NARD calls on security agencies to stop the harassment and assault of doctors while carrying out their legitimate activities,” Sokomba said.
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NARD also demanded that governments at all levels provide adequate personnel protective equipment (PPE) for health workers.
“The association hereby issues a 14-day ultimatum to the government to meet her demands failure of which the association cannot guarantee industrial harmony,” the NARD President said.