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Nigerian resident doctors embark on indefinite strike

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Nigerian resident doctors in state-run hospitals began an indefinite strike on Monday to demand a pay rise, better welfare and adequate facilities.

The industrial action by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), which represents some 40 per cent of doctors, is the latest in a string of stoppages by medics to hit Nigeria.

NARD president, Aliyu Sokomba announced the commencement of the strike, adding that medics treating virus cases would join the action this time around.

Sokomba said long-standing issues such as provision of life insurance, a pay rise, payment of salary arrears as well as provision of adequate facilities for doctors were the reasons for the strike.

Recall that in June, NARD staged a week-long strike over welfare and inadequate protective kits but doctors treating virus cases remained on the job.

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