A health official pushes an oxygen cylinder on a trolley to treat Covid-19 patients suffering from the acute respiratory challenge at a ward in Lagos State Isolation Centre in Yaba, Lagos, on January 22, 2021. PHOTO | AFP
Two weeks into a national strike by almost 320,000 Nigerian resident doctors in the face of an escalating Covid-19 pandemic, the government has invoked a ‘no work, no pay’ rule to force them to return to work.
The doctors in federal and state public hospitals and other health institutions embarked on an indefinite strike on August 2 to protest against delays in implementing a welfare agreement with the governments.
They also say that since the pandemic began, they had not been paid their full salaries, leading some to resign. But many others still on the State payroll are demanding better working conditions in Nigeria’s mostly understaffed hospitals, consistent pay and respect for the terms of the signed agreement.