ABUJA – Nigerian resident doctors have began their second strike of the year over pay and working conditions amid the spread of the new coronavirus. 

President of the National Association of Resident Doctors Dr. Aliyu Sokomba told newsmen that the strike began yesterday, and includes 16,000 resident doctors out of a total of 42,000 doctors in the country. 

Nigeria, has a total of 55,160 confirmed coronavirus infections and 1,061 deaths. 

Resident doctors are medical school graduates training as specialists. They are pivotal to frontline healthcare in Nigeria as they dominate the emergency wards in its hospitals. 

The group last went on strike in June, demanding better benefits and more protective equipment for battling the coronavirus. They are still demanding, among other things, life insurance and hazard allowance. (Reuters)