The United Nation International Children Endowment Fund (UNICEF)has warned Nigerian authorities that the success of wiping the wild poliovirus may be in vain except preventive measures is put in place as follow up.
Members of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), who just recently suspended its strike have asked the Federal Government to honour its agreement with the union or they will resume the industrial action. They warned that should the government fail to honour its agreement in the next four weeks, they would be forced to declare another indefinite nationwide industrial action. President of NARD, Dr. Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, gave the word of caution on Monday during an appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.
The Federal Government has announced that it has on Tuesday received 100,000 doses of Covishield COVID-19 vaccine from India. Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha made the announcement during the committee’s weekly briefing yesterday. Nigeria since the commencement of the nationwide vaccination exercise in March has through COVAX, a United Nations-backed scheme received 3.94 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
President of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi has on Saturday announced the suspension of the strike by Resident Doctors after 10 days. The strike which commenced April 1, 2021, was suspended after the association signed a new agreement with the federal government in line with their 13-point demand on Friday. During the reconciliatory meeting with Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, and other representatives of the government, both parties signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA).
The Federal Government has directed all states administering the AstraZeneca vaccine to halt the vaccination exercise when they have used half of the quantity they earlier received. The decision was taken by the Director-General of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaibu on behalf of the federal government saying states are to suspend the vaccination exercise when they have used up half of the number of doses they received. Accordingly, the decision necessitated by the fact that those who have received the first jab should be able to take the second jab, since the possibility of getting the second supply of the vaccine from the company on time is not certain.
The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has resolved to embark on an indefinite industrial action on Thursday, April 1 over amongst other things, payment of all salaries arrears as well as poor welfare of their members across the country. NARD President, Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, confirmed the development in a statement issued at the end of its extraordinary National Executive Council (NEC) meeting held, at the Trauma Centre, National Hospital, Abuja, on Saturday. The resident doctors said their ultimatum given to the federal government at the January NEC meeting in Owerri, Imo State capital will expire by midnight on March 31, 2021, with no significant response from the authorities.