Under the aegis of Ondo State Doctors’ Forum comprising Association of Resident Doctors University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital (ARD UNIMEDTH), Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria( MDCAN), National Association of Government General Medical and Dental Practitioner ( NAGGMDP), medical doctors in ondo state have begun an indefinite strike to press home their demands. This was made known to the public by Dr Omolayo Olubosede ( the spokesperson of the Government Doctors) while addressing a news conference at Akure The Ondo State Capital yesterday.
The Doctors had rejected unanimously the payment of half salaries for the month of November 2020 by the State Governor Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu and demanded payment of their outstanding arrears of 4 months salaries. A letter sent to the Acting Commissioner of Health, Honourable (Dr ) Ajibayo Adeyemi to pre-inform the Governor of recent developments and aggitations had yielded no positive result.
Ondo State has recorded about 2000 covid-19 positive cases, 39 deaths and ranks among the highest top 10 in the country so far. The doctors who are at the forefront at combating this pandemic however regret and plead with the populace to bear with them as numerous of their members have contacted the virus, infected and even lost some of their family members and loved ones at home. The Government has nonetheless been incentive to the plights of the doctors citing poor welfare and working conditions, unavailability of adequate personal protective equipment and now collecting alerts of half salaries of November 2020 when already in February 2021, despite still being owed 4months salary arrears.