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Resident Doctors Begin Warning Strike Wednesday

Doctors in nigeriaThe National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) begins a nationwide strike tomorrow (Wednesday) even as the association blamed problems among health professionals on non-medical practitioners.

The association said that many non-doctors who had wanted to become doctors failed university admission test set by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and eventually accepted to study other health-related programmes adjudged by the public to be lower in value than Medicine.

It said that when such people graduate and find themselves in the working environment with doctors, they aspire to lord themselves over the doctors, even as it directed its members across public hospitals in the country to suspend services.

Under the arrangement, hospitals are to remain shut till next week Monday, as NARD said it was embarking on a five-day strike to pressurize government to meet its demands.

The President of NARD, Dr. Muhammad Askira, made these position know today, Tuesday, to news men. He read communiqué issued at the end of the association’s Extra-Ordinary National Executive Council Meeting in Abuja, co-signed by the Secretary-General of NARD, Dr. Ibrahim Kuburi and Publicity/Social Secretary, Dr. Eugene Ahuruezenma. [myad]