By G9ija

The Association of Resident Doctors in Taraba State has suspended its over seven-week-old indefinite strike action.

This is sequel to the state government’s intervention in meeting some of its demands, while others are receiving attention at various levels.

President of the association, Ahmed Gabriel disclosed this to journalists at a press briefing in Jalingo, the state capital.

Regrettably, the association lost one of its members, Dr Ameh Eneojo to the coronavirus disease and Lassa fever complications in the course of the strike.

The resident doctors had embarked on the strike action on December 24, 2020 to press home some of its demands which includes, lack of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), non-payment of COVID-19 inducement and hazard allowances, implementation of 100% adjusted CONMESS, skipping and minimum wage, among several others.

The association called on Governor Darius Ishaku to help facilitate the installation and activation of the molecular laboratory with PCR machines as donated by the northeast development commission at the state specialist hospital for quick diagnosis of Lassa fever patients.

They also appealed that the state government immortalizes their deceased colleague by naming the center after him.

According to the association, should the government not meet its remaining demands, the resident doctors would not hesitate to down tool.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has also reached out to the resident doctors in appreciation for the show of love in view of the public outcry for their return.

NMA Chairman in the state, Dr Nkantah Uwem, said that strike actions are preventable, should the government do the right thing.

He noted that the industrial action has done more damage than good as some of the doctors have fled the state for greener pasture.