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Doctors at Nigerian public hospital are on strike indefinitely amid a coronavirus pandemic

September 7, 2020

Doctors from Nigerian public hospitals launched an indefinite strike on Monday in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic to demand wage increases and improvements to the country’s health facilities after denouncing authorities for failure to deliver on their promises.

The President of the National Association of Practicing Doctors (NARD), Aliyo Sokomba, has highlighted that the doctors decided to protest the violations that have taken place since June when they suspended a strike over non-payment and lack of personal protective equipment against the coronavirus.

The strike was suspended to give the authorities time to respond to the demands, although they “remain unfulfilled,” Sokomba said in statements to Nigerian newspaper The Premium Times.

Doctors at Nigerian public hospital are on strike indefinitely amid a coronavirus pandemicDoctors at Nigerian public hospital are on strike indefinitely amid a coronavirus pandemic

Speaking to the British broadcaster BBC, he also stressed that more than a third of the country’s 42,000 doctors will take part in the protest, including those dedicated to treating cases of COVID-19, the coronavirus disease caused by the new disease .

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