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The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors has insisted on their demand for at least a 200 per cent increment in the CONMESS salary structure.

They also demanded that the associated allowances which they had made known in their July 7,2022 letter to the government be met.

This was disclosed by NARD President, Dr Emeka Orji, in a communique issued at the end of its scientific conference hosted in Lagos on Saturday.

However, “We have resolved to give the new government some time to quickly resolve this issue, which is at the root of the current spate of massive brain drain in the sector,” the communiquée read.

Furthermore, they called on some state governments to ensure that the health sector is revived while asking the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in the Nigerian health sector as the era of paying lip service to the monster called “Brain Drain” should be over.

“We call on Governors Adedapo Abiodun of Ogun state, Alex Otti of Abia state, Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers state, Seyi Makinde of Oyo state, Abdurahman Abdulrasaq of Kwara state and the FCTA Administration to urgently look into the situation in the health sector in their states as mentioned in the observations above.

“This is because these are capable of breaking down the industrial peace in their states.

“NARD also calls on the management of Lagos University Teaching Hospital and the Lagos State Governor to discontinue the demand for bench fees as this contravenes the decision of the National Council on Establishment to abolish the fees.”


On the issue of subsidy, NARD suggested that the monies saved from subsidy should be put into meaningful investments that would better the lives of all Nigerians.

The body called on the West African Colleges of Surgeons and Physicians to immediately discontinue the practice of charging NARD members using parallel market exchange rates.

The resident doctors also called on the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria to stop the downgrading of the membership certificate as this was not the practice in sister African Countries that shared the same certificate.

Source: Punch

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