This is coming a few hours after the NARD said it had commenced an indefinite strike over the non-payment of 10 months salaries of some of its members.
Recall that the President of the Obafemi Awolowo University chapter of the association, Dr. Wole Ayegbusi, told journalists in Osogbo on Monday morning that doctors nationwide had started an indefinite strike to drive home their demands.
Ayegbusi lamented government’s neglect of the country’s health sector and wondered why they should ignore the payment of some doctor’s salaries who were on essential duties for as long as 10 months and expect them to be attending to patients.
On the contrary, the state acting President of the Borno Chapter of the Association, Dr Muhammad Abdullahi, said its members would not participate even as he called on the leadership of NARD to look into the plight of the people of Borno as it exempts itself from the nationwide strike.
In a statement issued in Maiduguri, the state capital, Abdullahi said, “It should be noted that majority of inhabitants of the 27 local government areas of Borno are currently residing in Internally Displaced Persons’ camps in Maiduguri.
“Two days ago, about 200 victims with different ailments were freed from captivity within Bama town and its environs, all receiving care in our facility.
“Maiduguri is a war theatre comprising men of the Nigeria Army who need all our support in terms of provision of healthcare services.
“It should also be noted that University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital is the only hospital serving not only Borno but serves as reference centre for other states in the Northeast, bedeviled by Boko Haram insurgency.”