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Nigerian doctors start an “indefinite” strike due to a lack of coronavirus protective equipment and defaults

June 15, 2020

Nigerian doctors started an “open-ended” strike amid the coronavirus pandemic on Monday due to a lack of personal protective equipment and unpaid salaries for several months.

The protest was supported by the Union of Resident Doctors (ARD) and is based in the capital Abuja. No surveillance information is yet available in other regions of the country.

ARD President Roland Aigbovo confirmed the start of the strike in a comment to the Nigerian Premium Times newspaper weeks after another was canceled after the Nigerian Medical Union advised against it.

Nigerian doctors start an “indefinite” strike due to a lack of coronavirus protective equipment and defaultsNigerian doctors start an “indefinite” strike due to a lack of coronavirus protective equipment and defaults

Doctors call for access to “adequate” personal equipment and state payment of doubts, as well as an end to security forces’ actions against doctors, as reported by the Bloomberg news agency.