The National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, yesterday gave a 21-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to pay their entitlements or face a major crisis in the health sector. NARD President, Dr John Onyebueze, who spoke at a news conference in Enugu, said the ultimatum would expire by midnight on Monday, January 2, 2017.
According to Onyebueze, doctors in all public health institutions across the country would start wearing black ward coats from January 2 next year, if the government failed to meet an earlier agreement it reached with NARD by the expiration of the ultimatum.
On the outcome of the Extra-Ordinary meeting of NARD in Abuja, the NARD president observed that government was not giving adequate attention towards provision adequate facilities for all Nigerians, adding that this was evidenced by the worsening health indices and dilapidated infrastructure in health institutions in the country. Onyebueze blamed the state of hospitals in the country on maladministration and inadequate planning by the Federal Ministry of Health.