Alawe urges FG to end NARD’s strike

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The Alawe of Ilawe-Ekiti, Ajibade Alabi, has urged the Federal Government to devise a potent mechanism to end the ongoing strike by members of the National As­sociation of Resident Doctors (NARD).

Decrying frequent crises in the health sector, Alabi advocated improved budget­ary allocation to the sector to avert incessant strikes.

He noted that this would allow for the provision of modern facilities in the hos­pitals and payment of health workers’ entitlements as at when due.
The monarch, who made the appeal in his palace in Ilawe-Ekiti during a stake­holders’ meeting to mobilise his community for COVID-19 vaccination, noted that the industrial action has been having adverse effects on members of the public and those in government.

Alabi, who is the immedi­ate past chairman of the Eki­ti State Council of Tradition­al Rulers, therefore, tasked the government to pave the way for amicable resolution of all issues leading to the crisis.

The monarch appealed to the Federal Government to end the court actions on the matter and resolve the crisis through a round table discussion in the overall in­terest of the common people of Nigeria.

Alawe noted that with available information on the spread of cholera, third wave of Covid-19 and other viral diseases in the country, the government and the doctors should resolve the matter ex­peditiously.

The monarch advised the Federal and all state govern­ments to provide modern facilities in Nigerian hospi­tals and take a holistic over­haul of the health sector to make modern and affordable health services available to the people.

In addition, he said that adequate monetary packag­es should be put in place for medical personnel to fore­stall their migration to other countries.

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