The authorities of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) have agreed to suspend its strike after a meeting, organised by the Speaker, House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, with other health sector stakeholders in Abuja on Tuesday.
The resolve by the medical practitioners to suspend the industrial action may not be unrelated to the threat issued by the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, that all striking doctors should be replaced in their various government teaching hospitals with immediate effect.
According to the minister, the striking doctors failed to attend their training programs despite ongoing negotiations and so their vacancies should be filled up with other doctors that have before now sent in their applications.
However, after a meeting on Tuesday, which was organised by the Speaker, House of Representatives, the leadership of the NARD agreed to suspend the strike, Premium Times reports.
The association’s leadership also appealed to members to suspend the strike until the next meeting scheduled for July 14.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the meeting will reconvene in three weeks to review progress made in the implementation of agreements reached.