NARD dares FG, threatens to continue strike despite no-work-no-pay threat
Despite the Federal Government’s no-work-no-pay threat against the striking resident doctors, the National Association of Residents Doctors (NARD) says its members are not worried.
Comrade Joseph Enejo, the Kogi State Chairman of NARD, disclosed this during an interview with a correspondent on Friday.
Enejo vowed that the association will not call off the ongoing strike until their demands are met by the Federal Government.
He called on the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency to look into their plight, stressing that doctors in the country have sacrificed a lot despite the meager amount of money paid to them which serves as their take home pay.
Enejo averred that residents doctors cannot be coerced to return back to work by the Government until their demands are met.
“There is no threat than people working for several months without salary. There is no threat than health officers working round the clock without anything to show for it. There is no threat when the future of our profession is in jeopardy. There is no threat when doctors a trooping out of the country in search for greener pasture. Of course, there no any form of threat that is more than what I have itemized above.
“In our just concluded AGM in Akwa, with the theme, Nigeria Medical doctors, an endangered species.
“We are all endangered species serving in Nigeria. If you interview 10 doctors today, nine of them will tell you boldly that they want to leave Nigeria. Why because of poor renumeration, poor services, poor instrument, and appliances to work with. In fact, working in Nigeria is actually disheartening, and unacceptable. All this is due to failure of government to make the system work,” he lamented.