The nationwide strike by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has been suspended temporarily.

This is to enable the association monitor the level of Federal Government’s compliance with the agreement reached.

The temporary suspension is for two weeks.

The two weeks period is to afford the doctors enough time to further discuss with the Federal Government to arrive at final solutions to the contentious issues.

The doctors would, however, resume the strike if the discussion with the government fails.

The National Executive Council of NARD took the decision at its meeting in Abuja.

The meeting, which commenced on Tuesday, ended in the wee hours of Thursday.

National President of the association,  Dr. John Onyebueze who announced the suspension in a statement in the early hours of Thursday said doctors decided to suspend the strike after considering efforts made by government in addressing their demands.

He therefore directed all doctors to go back to work with effect from 8.00am on Friday.

The one paragraph statement reads: “After due consideration of the efforts by Government and progress made in addressing the items on the notice of our ultimatum, and strike, as well as implementing the contents of the re-negotiated MTS, NARD resolved to suspend her 10 days strike, and to reassess situation in two weeks at our AGM in Abuja.

 “Accordingly, members are to resume work 8:00am, Friday, 15th September, 2017.”

The strike was called to force government to meet doctors demands and pay their salary short fall.

Medical services in government hospitals had been disrupted nationwide with patients not attended to.

Among other demands, the doctors are protesting the sack of some of their colleagues, non-payment of “skipping’’ entitlement, non-inclusion in the IPPIS platform and non-payment of their salary arrears.