Saturday, September 18, 2021

Resident doctors in Rivers strike over unpaid COVID-19 hazard allowance

The doctors are protesting the failure of Governor Nyesom Wike’s administration in paying COVID-19 hazard allowances.

• August 3, 2021

Residents doctors at the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital have joined their counterparts on a nationwide indefinite strike.

The doctors are protesting the failure of Governor Nyesom Wike’s administration in paying COVID-19 hazard allowances and refusal of the state government to domesticate the Medical Residency Training Act (MRTA) 2017, described as a roadmap for residency training.

Ella George Matthew, president of the association of resident doctors told Peoples Gazette on Tuesday that a letter sent to the hospital management and the state health ministry on the challenges of doctors were not responded to.

“We wrote a letter in June to the hospital management and ministry, notifying them of the strike from the national body and we made our point clear that we will join the strike if nothing is done. But, until August 2, we did not get any response, so we had to join the strike,” Mr Matthew told The Gazette on telephone.

In an emergency meeting held on Monday at the hospital, the Association stated that the non-promotion of doctors over the last eight to ten years had increased hardship, pain, and agony on members.

The communique of the meeting sighted by The Gazette stated the failure to accredit the department of General Surgery, Ophthalmology, Otorhinolaryngology, Maxillofacial Surgery, pathology, internal medicine, and Anesthesia, “has affected training and service delivery.”

Other issues include the non-implementation of “The wage adjusted CONMESS 2019”, and “proper placement of resident doctors who have passed their part-1 Exams.”

The association expressed worries that despite abstaining from previous nationwide strikes in 2020 and 2021, the state government remains unappreciative of doctors’ efforts amidst the COVID-19 pandemic that has killed dozens of doctors globally. 

The National Association of Residents Doctors on Sunday announced a nationwide indefinite strike, protesting the neglect of its members including the exclusion of House Officers from the federal government’s scheme of service House Officers.

NARD earlier said the strike is further propelled by the refusal of the federal government to honour and implement the Memorandum of Understanding which was signed early this year.

In March, NARD embarked on a nationwide strike which was later called off ten days after, following an MOU signed with the federal government.

More from Peoples Gazette

Edward Ajogun


Police, civilians arrest 21-year-old armed robber in Ogun

One of the robbers was arrested with the help of residents of the community, while the other one escaped.


There are plans to frustrate Lagos EndSARS panel: Adegboruwa

Condemning the adjournment of the panel, Mr Adegboruwa said he would give details later.

Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri


JSS students’ brains not completely formed: Adamawa government

The governor said all public boarding JSS students are to attend the day secondary schools nearest to them to get primary parental upbringing.

Road Safety Officiers


Bauchi road accident leaves three dead, one injured: FRSC

The vehicle occupants, three males and one female, were travelling out of Bauchi for an event.

Hot news Home top

2021/2022 NPFL: Plateau United to resume training Monday

The club warned that any player who fails to report on Monday would face disciplinary action.


PIA should be reviewed every five years: ICSAN

Such periodic review would help to consolidate the gains of the legislation, according to ICSAN.