The National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, has suspended its nationwide strike which began on Monday, September 7.
The association had embarked on the strike over non payment of its COVID-19 allowances, health insurance for frontline workers and others.
The suspension came after the Federal Government and the doctors reached an agreement at a meeting presided over by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, in Abuja on Thursday, September 10.
Dr Aliyu Sokumba, President of the association confirmed the suspension of the strike.
At the meeting, it was stated that the Federal Government had paid N9.3bn to insurance companies for Life Group Insurance and payment of death benefits for health workers, adding that enrolment was by the submission of nominal rolls by the various health institutions, which NARD had been mandated at a previous meeting to accomplish.
On the payment of outstanding 2014, 2015, and 2016 arrears, the meeting recalled that it had been agreed that the issue would be further discussed post-COVID-19; therefore, no agreement was breached.
It was further agreed that discussions for review of a Permanent Hazard Allowance for all health workers would commence as soon as possible after consultations by the Minister of Labour and Employment with all stakeholders in the health sector is concluded.