Healthcare: Resident doctors begin indefinite strike over salaries, allowances in Ondo

*Non-payment of salaries by Ondo State Government has led to resignation of more than 50 resident doctors from the teaching hospital: Dr. Sanni Oriyomi, Acting President, NARD, UNIMEDTH Chapter

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

As Nigeria yet generally grapples with its sub-optimum and complicated healthcare system, the resident doctors at the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital (UNIMEDTH), Ondo, in Ondo State, have begun an indefinite strike over unpaid salaries and allowances.

The affected doctors, who converged on the UNIMEDTH Akure Annex in the state capital, to declare the industrial action, Monday, November 9 said they were left with no option than to begin the action after the seven days warning strike earlier embarked upon did not lead to any positive response from the Ondo State Government.

Dr. Sanni Oriyomi, Acting President, National Association of Resident Doctors, UNIMEDTH Chapter, at a media briefing said that the doctors could no longer continue to work without pay as the government owed them four-and-a-half months’ arrears of salaries, COVID-19 allowances, and other entitlements.

Oriyomi decried the non-payment of salaries, as it had led to the resignation of more than 50 resident doctors from the teaching hospital a situation which, he said, was not good for patients.

The acceptable minimum to end the strike is for the state government to pay the backlog of salaries owed while other demands could be negotiated.

Taiwo Olagbe, a spokesperson for the doctors, stated that the indefinite strike is inevitablen view of the hardship the doctors faced.

Olagbe, however, appealed to the Ondo State Government to accede to their demands in the shortest possible time.

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