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FG directs hospitals to replace striking doctors with Youth Corpers

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The Federal Government has directed tertiary hospitals to replace striking doctors with members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in order to maintain routine services.

Recall that the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) had gone on strike to press home their demand for equitable wages and allowances on Monday.

The Resident Doctors also complained of non-payment of their COVID-19 hazard allowance amidst other demands.

Reacting, the Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire directed hospitals to engage the services of Youth Corpers, saying the measure will “mitigate the effect” of the strike by resident doctors across the country.

In guidelines given Federal Health institutions to comply with, Ehanire stated:

“COVID-19 treatment outlets should continue to function as before; emergency services should continue to run as before; routine services should be maintained with consultants, NYSC Doctors; locum staffers to be brought in when and where necessary to forestall services disruption when applicable and affordable,” the minister said.

“I call on the NARD to return to work and engage the Federal Government in completing the ongoing due process of implementing the MoU between NARD and government.

“I wish to assure the general public that measures have been put in place to ensure that they continue to access services at all our federal tertiary hospitals across the country.”

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