Nigerian doctors end strike

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Striking resident doctors in Nigeria have suspended their strike in the early hours of today.

HealthNewsNG gathered that the suspension was announced in the early hours of Thursday after a meeting of the executives the association. An earlier meeting ended in deadlock as a unanimous decision was not reached. 

The doctors began the strike action on September 4 thus crippling activities in public hospitals across Nigeria although the Nigerian government argued  it had met many of the demands of the doctors, including payment of salary arrears.

Announcing the suspension of the strike, the chairman of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) UCH chapter, Dr Segun Olaopa, said “the decision was reached following appeals from the public that the doctors should give the federal government more time to meet their demands.”

He added that a review will be done in two weeks time to determine how far the government had gone to honour their agreement.

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