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Resident Doctors in Borno join strike as Cholera kills 21


The National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD) on Tuesday embarked on a nationwide indefinite strike, despite the emergencies occasioned by Boko Haram insurgency, cholera outbreak in Maiduguri and incidences of Lassa Fever in Kogi.
The Chairman of the association, Dr Muhammad El-Yakub, made the announcement while addressing newsmen at the end of its congress meeting held at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH).
El-Yakub said that the action was in compliance with directives from its national secretariat, adding that resident doctors had so far joined the strike in the state.
He explained that the national body of the association would direct its members if to resume work, to enable them to provide humanitarian services in the event of emergencies.
“We embarked on an indefinite strike in compliance with the directives from NARD national body.
“In case of emergencies we will notify the national leadership of the association and they will give further instructions to that effect.
“There is a report indicating that about 20 persons died of Cholera outbreak in Maiduguri and in view of the insurgency, resident doctors in Borno were exempted from the previous industrial action by the union,” El-Yakub said.
He said about 150 resident doctors were deployed to various hospitals in the state.
Also, Dr Muhammad Tahir, the Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC) of the hospital said that the association had not notified the management on the strike.
Tahir noted that resident doctors at the hospital had attended to their various duty posts on Tuesday.
“The association has not officially notified the management about the strike by resident doctors. And when they notify us, we will adopt effective measures to ensure that services are not grounded.
“Apart from residents doctors, we also have consultants and other cadres of health professionals who could provide medical services in the hospital”.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that about 14 persons died of cholera since the outbreak was reported at Muna Garage IDPs camp in the past three weeks.
Earlier, Dr Haruna Mshelia, the Borno Commissioner for Health, confirmed that more than 230 patients were treated and discharged from cholera treatment centers in the metropolis.
Mshelia added that the state government in collaboration with partner agencies had set up a cholera treatment center at Muna Garage IDP camp and Dala area of Maiduguri.
According to him, the ministry also embarked on awareness creation activities to sensitize the people on sytomps and preventive tips of the disease.
Mshelia noted that the measure was to mobilize participation in the campaign, promote hygiene and sanitation in the society.

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