Resident doctors in ABUTH to begin strike next week

 By Kabir Kajuru, Kaduna

 

Members of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), Ahmad Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH) branch has given a strike notice to the management of the health facility, saying they will down tools next week, if the hospital fails to meet their demands.

 

The association stated this on Monday when it issued a fresh ultimatum to the hospital management upon the expiration of its earlier two weeks ultimatum given to the hospital authority.

 

Addressing newsmen, the chapter President of NARD, Dr Waziri Aliyu-Dahiru, reiterated that the association had on August 30, 2016, held an emergency congress to review events following the expiration of earlier ultimatum issued over the same issue.

 

According to him, the initial plan was to commence indefinite strike action yesterday Monday, September 5, but was suspended due to the intervention of some notable Nigerians.

 

He said, “Considering the antecedents and reputation of Prof. Abdulmuminu Rafindadi (former CMD), the integrity of members of his committee, the ongoing efforts by the Federal Ministry of Health and other distinguished Nigerians, we hereby extend the ultimatum to September 15, 2016.

 

“This is to give enough time for amicable resolution of the problem and for the management to do the needful.

 

“In the event the hospital management does not show any commitment at the end of all these interventions by September 15th, we shall embark on a indefinite strike,” he warned.

 

But in a swift response, the ABUTH Chief Medical Director (CMD), Prof. Lawal Khalid, said the management was working towards addressing the problem but the only grey area was money to address some of the requests.

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