Nigerian doctors begin strike over pay, facilities

Nigeria, the most populated country of 200 million people in Africa, has seen more than 55,000 cases of Covid-19 and 1,057 deaths.
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Nigerian doctors commence strike action amid coronavirus

Nigerian doctors in state-run hospitals began an indefinite strike on Monday demanding pay increases, better welfare and adequate facilities, union leaders said.

The National Association of Resident Doctors' (NARD) industrial action, which accounts for some 40 per cent of doctors, is the latest in a string of medical stoppages to hit the most populous nation in Africa as it struggles to curb coronavirus spread.

"We have kicked off the strike today," NARD president Aliyu Sokomba told AFP, adding that medics treating virus cases would join the action this time around.

"There will be no exemptions,"
he said.

Sokomba said the reasons for the strike were ongoing issues such as offering life insurance, a pay increase, paying salary arrears as well as ensuring sufficient facilities for doctors.

"We have arrears of 2014, 2015, 2016, salary shortfalls that were supposed to have been paid over six years ago, still pending," he said.

"These are the issues we have and they appear not to have been addressed up till this day," he said.

"It is an indefinite strike," Sokomba said, adding that it would be called off only when the union's demands were met.

Strikes by medics have been common in Nigeria where the health sector is underfunded.

The authorities fear any reduction in capacity could severely hamper its ability to tackle the pandemic as the number of cases continues to rise.

NARD held a week-long strike over healthcare and insufficient safety equipment in June, but physicians treating cases of viruses stayed on the job.

Nigeria, the most populated country of 200 million people in Africa, has seen more than 55,000 cases of Covid-19 and 1,057 deaths.

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