Members of the Association of Resident Doctors, University of Medical Science Teaching Hospital Complex, Ondo State, have resumed an earlier suspended strike action.
The resident doctors announce the resumption of the strike in a press statement signed by the association’s General Secretary, Dr. John Matthew made available to PUNCH HealthWise.
According to the statement, the association is asking the Ondo State government to clear all the outstanding arrears of March, April, and May owed its members.
The association stated that the last salary its members received was the February salary.
Speaking with PUNCH HealthWise, secretary of the association, Dr. John Matthew said, “we have endured this long because we have the considerations of our patients at heart. We know the value and sanctity of human life. But it has become pretty difficult to continue to work without being paid.
The statement reads, “The Association of Resident Doctors, UNIMEDTHC, Ondo state resumes her suspended strike action today 5th of June, 2021, after the expiration of the extra 24 hours ultimatum given to the Ondo State Government to clear all her outstanding arrears of March, April and May Salaries.
“It is rather unfortunate that there are myriads of problems in the health sector especially in Ondo state of which if salaries were taken care of the other problems would have indirectly been sorted out.
“Other pertinent issues include; shortage of doctors which if salaries were being paid in full as and when due, Doctors would not leave in droves as well as those intending to pick up appointments with the hospital who could not do so because of poor remuneration.”
“The situation is really sad and disheartening that where the services of seven to ten doctors are required, you find only one or two and in some cases none.
“This is a terrible trend and has led to the proliferation of quackery in the state as well as an unnecessary loss of many lives.
“With further delays in payment of the salaries and percentage salary payments, more and more doctors would leave the system and there is going to be great chaos in the health sector in the state.
“The other sad situation that has worsened the whole matter is the fact that there are many departments yet to be accredited and those that have been accredited are fast losing it because of shortage of required manpower and specialists in these departments.
“It is rather unfortunate that the health of the people has not been seen as a priority and the saddest part of it all is that the indigenes of Ondo state would be the ones to bear the brunt of this chaos in the health sector as many of them would be exposed to exploitation and mismanagement by quacks which could ultimately lead to death.
“We as an association would want to reiterate that we are resuming our suspended strike as the condition of serving in the health sector in Ondo State is no more palatable and is even becoming dangerous to the well-being of our members.
“We hope the issues of salary are looked into and sorted out as soon as possible in the interest of the good people of Ondo State so that we don’t have to be going around this circle over again.
“We hereby appeal to all well-meaning citizens of Ondo State and Nigerians, in general, to lend their voice to call on the Ondo state government to pay us our salaries up to date to quickly prevent further needless loss of precious human lives and a further exodus of doctors out of the state.
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