Resident Doctors at Bayelsa Isolation Centre yet to suspend strike over hazard allowance


Resident Doctors at Bayelsa government owned Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital (NDUTH), Okolobiri, have yet to resume from the indefinite strike called off on Sunday by the national body.

The leadership of National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) had on Sunday directed its members across the country to return to work as the Federal Government said it has cleared outstanding hazard allowances, amongst others.

NDUTH hosts the 100 bed capacity COVID-19 isolation centre located at the outskirts of Yenagoa, Bayelsa capital.

The rising spread of confirmed cases to 169 from 130 in Bayelsa with less than 200 bed isolation capacity has raised concerns of an impending crisis in the coming days.

Dr Olu Inestol, President of NDUTH chapter of Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), said in a telephone interview on Monday that members of the association were still on strike.

“We cannot resume work yet like our counterparts in Federal Government establishments who are being paid the promised hazard allowances, but the same cannot be said for us at the state level.

“As we speak, nothing has been done about our own at NDUTH and that is why we cannot return to work, the strike therefore continues,” Inestol said.

However, at the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa some Resident Doctors were seen at their duty posts attending to patients’ haven complied with the directive on the nationwide strike suspension.

Dr Divine Irole, President of ARD in the hospital said on Monday that the doctors have returned to work as directed.

She however said that her members were still to be paid the hazard allowances as announced and were still awaiting its implementation.

The hospital premises was scanty as few patients were seen around.


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