Frantic efforts were being made last night to avert a disruption of the health sector by members of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), who have scheduled a nationwide strike to begin tomorrow.
The 60-day ultimatum served by NARD to press home its demands expires today.
The doctors listed four demands that must be met by the Federal Government to shelve their planned action.
NARD President Dr. Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, confirmed slated meetings with Labour and Employment Minister Dr. Chris Ngige and the Senate Committee on Health.
The conditions are full payment of salaries of all House Officers and Residents on the GIFMIS platform; upward review of hazard allowance from N5, 000 to 50 per cent of consolidated basic salaries of all health workers and the immediate payment of 2019 balance of 2020 and 2021 Medical Residency Training Funds (MRTF).
The doctors also demanded the issuance of vouchers to the families and loved ones of doctors who lost their lives in service, especially those on the frontline of the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic and other infectious diseases.