Nigerian doctors resume strike over unpaid salaries as Coronavirus cases surge

*The National Association of Resident Doctors discloses that its members are being owed as much as 19 months’ salaries by state governments, and several medical personnel are leaving the country due to apparent poor incentives and harsh working conditions

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

Amid the rising cases of the damaging Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the West African country, Nigerian doctors have begun an indefinite strike to protest against non-payment of salaries while demanding increased hazard allowances.

ConsumerConnect reports the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), which represents over 90 percent of physicians in the country’s teaching hospitals, Monday, August 2, 2021, when the strike began said its members were being owed as much as 19 months’ salary by state governments in the country.

Earlier in a statement issued July 31, NARD had disclosed that some public-teaching hospitals have failed to pay COVID-19 allowances or to increase a N5,000 ($12) per month hazard stipend.

The work stoppage comes after Coronavirus infections in Nigeria climbed to the highest level since March in July, raising fears of a third wave in the country.

Nigeria has more than 7,000 active COVID-19 cases, and 2,149 people have died from the disease, according to agency report.

The doctors’ association has also alleged that a lack of incentives is leading many doctors and other medical personnel to leave and practise outside Nigeria, a situation which it noted is fast leading to an “acute manpower shortage” in public teaching hospitals in the country.

There are currently 8,529 medical doctors of Nigerian origin in Britain, according to data on the UK General Medical Council Web site, a 35 percent increase from two years ago, Bloomberg report said.

Jerry Isogun, General Secretary of NARD, was quoted to have said that about 19 members of the doctors’ association had died from COVID-19 and their families have not received any benefits from the Nigerian Government.

Isogun stated: “People are leaving every day, not just doctors, all health workers, because incentives are better out there.”

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