The Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) in the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital (COOUTH), Awka, Anambra State, has called off its two-month strike.

The association said the strike was called off to give one month room for further discussions.

The decision was contained in a statement on Wednesday by the President and Secretary, Obinna Aniagboso and Chidiebele Egolum.

The doctors began their strike on May 13, adducing failure of the government to honour its agreement to implement full CONMESS for doctors.

They also demanded for the upgrade of diagnostic facilities in the hospital as befitting of a tertiary health centre.

The statement reads: “We noted the request of the governor for ARD to suspend its strike to give the government a little time to complete the ongoing personnel audit and financial analysis. We also take cognizance of the resolution of the NMA leadership and elders’ meeting, which advised ARD to suspend the strike for one month, with the Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN).

“We considered the plight of our patients who have become stranded and deprived of quality care throughout our protracted industrial action. We also accepted the concessions made by management on internal issues bordering on conditions of service and withheld remuneration, and intend to cooperate to ensure its full implementation.

“Considering the foregoing, the general congress passed a resolution to suspend its industrial action for one month and to resume work on July 17 by 8am. We take this bold step in good faith, with the expectation that the government and management of COOUTH will not relent in their end until our agreed objectives are fully actualised.”

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