Doctors in Nigerian state-run hospitals will go on strike next week as they demand a pay rise, better welfare and adequate facilities.
NARD (National Association of Resident Doctors) president Aliyu Sokomba in a statement late Friday, mentioned that “ The National Executive Council (NEC) resolved to proceed on an indefinite nationwide strike from Monday”
The action would be indefinite until the government provides “life insurance and death in service benefits for all health workers” as well as pay outstanding salaries and allowances.
He said the union wanted pay parity for both doctors in federal and state health institutions.
The authorities fear any reduction in capacity could severely hamper its ability to tackle the pandemic as the number of cases continues to rise.
In June, NARD staged a week-long strike over welfare and inadequate protective kits but doctors treating virus cases remained on the job.
Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation of 200 million inhabitants, has recorded 54,743 Covid-19 cases and 1,051 deaths.
More than 800 health workers have been infected by the virus, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.