Doctors from public hospitals in Nigeria have called off the September 7 strike to demand wage increases and improvements in working conditions after new talks with the government resulted in authorities’ pledges to address the situation.
The spokesman for the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), Stanley Egbogu, told the Nigerian newspaper “The Guardian” that the executive branch has committed itself to continue paying the premiums announced because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The organization’s president, Aliyu Sokonda, has stated that the strike has been “suspended” in order to “give the government time to face the demands”. “The strike was suspended for two weeks,” he said.
The protest was reactivated on Monday amid violations that had occurred since June when a strike was suspended over failure and the lack of individual protective equipment against the coronavirus.