The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has declared its decision to begin nationwide mass protests and picketing on Wednesday, August 9, 2023, at 10:00 a.m., in a powerful display of unity and commitment. The resident doctors hope to raise attention to the critical need for healthcare reforms and improvements in the country.
All centre leaders are by this notice adviced to begin preparations for this nationwide protest. pic.twitter.com/PBBbK9JRe6— NARD NIGERIA (@nard_nigeria) August 6, 2023
The doctors have highlighted several major demands that are at the heart of their protest with an air of sincerity and a real desire to make a difference. Among these demands is one for better working conditions in the healthcare sector. The doctors seek to improve the standard of care they deliver to their patients by advocating for fair remuneration, access to vital medical supplies, and better facilities.
NARD emphasizes that their rallies are motivated by a strong concern for the future of healthcare in Nigeria, not just their own. They highlight the critical need to confront the corruption and degradation that have plagued the health sector for years, damaging the medical profession's image and impeding the delivery of quality healthcare services.
In the physicians' protest, the topic of neglect endured by public health institutions takes center stage. They hope that by drawing attention to this issue, they will be able to gain support for much-needed improvements in these institutions, thereby enhancing the accessibility and quality of healthcare services for all citizens.
The doctors express sadness in their letter to the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Health that their concerns have been mainly ignored despite repeated attempts at constructive engagement. Instead of seeking confrontation, they intend to use peaceful protests to raise their voices and attract the attention of decision-makers. NERD says that they want the public to hear their side of the tale and that the protests are not intended to cause havoc, but rather to bring attention to the difficulties confronting the healthcare industry and the critical need for quick action.
As the deadline of August 9th approaches, all eyes will be on the government's response to these peaceful protests. The conclusion of these protests could be a watershed moment for Nigeria's healthcare system, paving the way for beneficial improvements that will benefit both medical personnel and patients.
The NARD's determination to exert pressure for change in a peaceful and cohesive manner demonstrates its dedication to public service, and its demands are shared by the millions of Nigerians who rely on the healthcare system. Before the protests commence, it is anticipated that the government will use this chance to engage in constructive engagement with NARD and address their concerns.