The Association Of Resident Doctors, Abuja Chapter, Begin Indefinite Strike, A Few Hours After Another Coronavirus Patient Was Confirmed In Lagos

As different countries of the world pull resources to combat the coronavirus crisis, Doctors in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, have on Tuesday, announced that they are proceeding on an “indefinite strike”.

The Association of Resident Doctors, ARD, Abuja Chapter, announced their decision about an hour after the third case of Covid-19 was confirmed in Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos.

The Doctors maintained that they deliberated extensively on the health threat posed by the coronavirus scare, their work conditions, and patients care, before arriving at the “difficult decision”.

In a statement signed by its President, Roland Aigbovo, the Association said that the mass action followed the failure of the FCT administration to pay them their basic salaries for more than two months.

Aigbovo stated that their members have been thrown into financial distress, due to the non-payment of their salaries; and despite repeated warnings and ultimatum, nothing has been done by the authorities.

He said that there have been salary irregularities and shortfalls since the migration to the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System by the FCTA.

The Association of Resident Doctors, ARD, Abuja Chapter, noted that other health workers who are also affected by the salary shortfalls will join the mass action within 48-hours, if their demands “which are the same with ours, are not met”.

The Lagos State Ministry of Health, on Tuesday, confirmed the third case of coronavirus in Nigeria.

Akin Abayomi, the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, broke the news to Journalists, at the Government Secretariat, on Tuesday morning.

“This is a new case independent of the index case of a 30 year-old Nigerian, female, who returned from the UK, on 13th March”, the Commissioner said.

Abayomi disclosed that the Patient, who initially showed symptoms of the infection, observed self-isolation, and thereafter, tested positive.

Although, Nigeria has so far recorded three cases of the virus, only two are active. The second case, linked to the index case, later tested negative.

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