Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Nigeria: ARD UNTH Suspends Strike Action

The "striking"Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) of University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Ituku Ozalla, Enugu State  have finally resolved to shelve their industrial action after an emergency meeting on Sunday, 15th November, 2015.

The meeting was called after the new Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, met with the President of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Sir Dr Kayode Obembe and President of National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), Dr Muhammed Askira.

Professor Adewole promised to look into and solve the problems of the Nigerian Health Sector with particular interest in UNTH.

In an issued communique, the association wrote, "ARD UNTH succumbed to this intervention from the Honourable Minister of Health as a mark of honour to his new office and hope that the good will so generated by this gesture will culminate in the Honourable Minister seeing to the speedy resolution of our agitations as part of his first assignment in office."

"We appreciate the support and understanding of the general public in course of this strike action. Our efforts are sincerely geared towards rebooting UNTH for the benefit of both patients and staff of the hospital."

The letter was signed by the President and Secretary General, ARD UNTH.

I'm glad to see the end of this strike. You'll understand what I mean if you've been following the story--it was a really nasty battle between the hospital management and the doctors.

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