Health Minister, Isaac Adewole, has expressed optimism that the striking workers under the National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, across the country would soon resume duty.
The doctors had embarked on a nationwide strike on September 4, crippling all health services at secondary and tertiary healthcare facilities across the nation.
Adewole said that the government has done what the resident doctors under the federal government asked for” and ‘this was to pay all outstanding salary arrears of the resident doctors to the bank accounts of institutions affected.’
He explained that the government was only able to pay the money into the institutions’ accounts for them to disburse to the doctors, as it cannot pay them individually, adding that it would take a longer time.
The leadership of the NARD is expected to meet later on Tuesday, to appraise the response of the federal government to their demands. The government and the leadership of NARD had met on September 6 and agreed to pay the arrears of the salaries latest September 8.