Members of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) have suspended their nationwide industrial action.
This comes 10 days after the doctors commenced the strike, leaving many patients unattended across various government-owned hospitals in the country.
The President of NARD, Dr Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, confirmed the suspension of the strike to the news media on Saturday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
He explained that the leadership of the union took the decision to suspend the industrial action after a virtual meeting with members which lasted about 15 hours.
“We have suspended our strike after our meeting which ended about an hour ago,” said Dr Okhuaihesuyi.
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He clarified that the strike was not called off, only suspended. “No, we have only suspended.”
He added that a communique to that effect was being put together and would be made available to the media before the end of Saturday.
The medical practitioners suspended the strike barely a day after a meeting between the leadership of the union and the Federal Government.
Dr Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, chaired the meeting which lasted about six hours and was also attended by the Minister of State for Health, Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora.