The leadership of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has agreed to suspend its strike at a meeting with National Executive Council (NEC) members held in Abuja on Friday.
After due considerations, NEC decided to suspend the strike until the next meeting with stakeholders from the National Assembly and the Ministry of Health scheduled for July 14.
This crucial step was taken with the view to relieve the effects of the strike on the average Nigerian.
Work is expected to resume in all centers on Monday.
The decision emanated from the meeting between resident doctors and other stakeholders, organised by the Speaker, House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogàra in Abuja.
The meeting will reconvene in three weeks to review progress made in the implementation of agreements.
If progress is considered unsatisfactory at that time, an indefinite nationwide strike shall be auto-triggered on August 1st, 2016.
Addressing newsmen in Abuja today, the National President of NARD, Dr. Muhammad Askira appreciated the maturity and statesmanship shown by the leadership of the National Assembly, especially the Honourable Speaker, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, the Chairman Senate Committee on Health, Dr. Lantern Tejuoso, the Chairman House Committee on Health Institutions, Hon. Betty Apiafi, the Chairman House Committee on Labour Matters, Hon. Ezenwa Francis. He also appreciated the Chief Physician to the President, Dr. Sanusi Suhayb.
Of special mention was the role played by President Buhari in resolving to implement all signed agreements and also directing the Federal Ministry of Health to address the impasse in the best interest of Nigerians.
Dr. Askira commended all stakeholders that showed support throughout the trying period, specifically the leadership of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) and Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN), and all members for the show of solidarity and patronage.
Askira enjoined all members to resume work on Monday, assuring them that nobody shall be intimidated or victimized as a result of the struggle.