The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors has flayed the Federal Government that despite its efforts in combating the COVID-19 pandemic, the government is neglecting members’ welfare.
The association said this at a press conference in Owerri, Imo State capital, after the end of the physical/virtual meeting of its National Executive Council.
NARD accused the Federal Government of paying lip service to its members’ welfare.
NARD President, Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, who addressed the press conference, said Nigerian doctors were suffering.
He said, “The NEC unanimously demanded that the current hazard allowance be upwardly reviewed within the two months to encourage our members to continue to work at this critical moment of the increasing rate of infection and mortality due to the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic and to maintain industrial harmony in the health sector.
“The NEC resolved that the group life insurance scheme for all health workers should be speedily implemented and all health workers who have been infected or died as a result of COVID-19 infection or any other infectious disease in the country be compensated.”
Okhuaihesuyi also said the NEC demanded the immediate universal domestication and implementation of the Medical Residency Training Act, 2017 by all training institutions, including state-owned training institutions, and ensure proper funding as stipulated by the Act.
“It urged the national officers of NARD to work closely with the relevant agencies of government to expedite the payment of the 2021 Medical Residency Training Funds to prevent the mistakes made in 2020,” Okhuaihesuyi added.