Aggrieved medical doctors working at the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital in Ondo State have continued to lament the non-payment of their salary arrears.
The doctors, under the platform of Association of Residents Doctors last week Friday announced plans to begin an indefinite strike due to the non-payment of their salaries.
The protesting doctors stated that no fewer than 150 of them had not been paid salaries for six months and had no money to take care of their basic needs.
Many of them told Akelicious that they have taken to borrowing money from friends to survive and feed their families.
Speaking with Akelicious, one of the doctors, who identified himself only as Abiodun, said they been struggling to even cope at work with empty stomachs.
Another medical doctor at the annex complex of the hospital in Akure, Adebayo, said it had now become embarrassing for him to trek to work daily due to non-payment of salaries.
He said working at the state’s hospital in this period of Coronavirus and lockdown has been a tough time for him and colleagues.
“We care about our patients and the good people of Ondo State but no one seems to care about us or our families.”
Also speaking, Dr Taiwo Olagbe, General Secretary of ARD, said while the doctors were asking for the payment of their salaries, the government needed to make sure it regularised their arrears.
He said the protesting doctors had issued a week ultimatum to the government to pay them or else they would embark on strike action.
“So, the government must expedite action on the payment of all these arrears and backlog of salaries before the expiration of the set deadline to avoid industrial disharmony.”
In his reaction, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu said he had directed the immediate payment of all outstanding emoluments of the protesting doctors.
Akeredolu said the payment was in addition to the earlier packages approved for medical and health workers in the state.