Medical patients have been stranded across public hospitals as the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) commenced a nationwide nationwide strike early hours of today.
Many hospitals monitored by our correspondents in Lagos, Edo, Kaduna and Kano States, including the Federal Capital Territory, were besieged by ailing citizens with limited hands to attend to them.
In the hospitals visited by our correspondents, overstretched nurses were seen trying to attend to patients.
The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) announced its decision to down towns early hours of today, after talks with government broke down.
A statement issued by NARD’s President, Dr Olusegun Olaopa, accused the government of failing to fulfil its promises.
“Rising from our NEC meeting, which started by 7pm yesterday and ended 3am today, NARD has resolved to reject the promissory offer from Government, and proceed on total and indefinite strike action until all items in her demand list for strike action are resolved by Government,” the statement says.
“Neither the federal nor state governments has shown commitment to the resolution of issues at stake nor honoured previous agreements.
“Consequent upon this, the association resolved to proceed on a total indefinite industrial action from Monday, September 4, 2017, until all these issues are permanently resolved.
“Nationwide pre-strike protests against this injustice are to hold in all our branches and states of the federation on August 30, 2017,” it added.