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Strike: Resident Doctors in FMC, Owo, Rule out Skeletal Services

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The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owo in Ondo State says it will provide any skeletal service during its current strike.

The branch President, Dr Ibikunle Fakorede, said members would comply fully with the national body’s directive to observe total strike.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that NARD embarked on strike on Monday over unpaid arrears of salaries in both federal and state tertiary health institutions across the country.

Other demands include non-inclusion of resident doctors in the Federal Government’s integrated salary pay structure, lack of funding for residency training and non-enrollment of their members on pension arrangemen.

Speaking with NAN on Tuesday in Akure, Fakorede said:“The national body of resident doctors has declared a total and indefinite strike and resident doctors at FMC, Owo, will fully comply.

He urged the government and stakeholders to address the challenges in the nation’s health sector especially the problem confronting resident doctors in Nigeria.

“Our issues are straight forward. We are asking for our shortfall in salaries of 2016 till date, enrollment of members on the IPPIS platform and the pension scheme.

“We are also asking the government to make sure that the stagnation of our members is resolved,” Fakorede said.

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