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Resident doctors in Delta begin strike Monday over hazard allowance

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The Association of Resident Doctors of the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba, Delta State, has declared a three-day warning strike over the continued shortage of personal protective equipment and non-payment of hazard allowance.

The President of the ARD FMC Delta, Dr Nwabunor Osifo, who stated this on Sunday in Asaba, said that the warning strike would take effect from Monday 27, 2020.

He urged the state government to implement the resolution reached by the Nigeria Governors Forum as regard to the payment of hazard allowance.

He said, “Painfully, against the backdrop of assurances given by the Nigeria Governors Forum on the speedy implementation of COVID-19 hazard improvement allowance and tax rebirth for our colleges in state employment, we join NMA, Delta State, to embark on a three-day warning strike in the spirit of comradeship. They only pay hazard allowance for April and May but our colleges in DESUTH, HMB have not received and we are doing same work.

“As doctors practising in the state, we want to join our doctors in the state on this three days strike. To this strike a human face, the warning strike exempts doctors who are managing COVID-19 patients.

“It a warning strike and we expect the state government to do the needful or face an indefinite strike.”

He noted that as of Sunday, over 1,027 doctors have been infected nationwide while 18 death have also been recorded.

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