Doctors in Ondo State under the support of the National Association of Government General Medical and Dental Practitioners, have embarked on strike for two weeks claiming that the state government is not concerned about their well-being.
Specifically, the doctors accused the government of failing to pay their salary arrears for several months, failing to resolve the issue of exodus of doctors and other health workers, and failing to resolve other issues, all of which resulted in their service being withdrawn.
This was stated by the association in a letter to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu. The letter was signed by Roland Arohunmolase, state Chairman of the NAGGMDP, and Richard Obe, Secretary of the NAGGMDP, respectively.
The letter was titled, ‘Notice of withdrawal of service’.
It read, “With due respect to your office, we write to notify your office of the immediate withdrawal of service by our members working under Ondo State Government Civil Service.
“Following the ordinary general meeting of our association held on Wednesday 9th of June, 2021, members resolved at proceeding on a two-week warning strike, starting from 8 am, 10th of June, 2021.”
Some of the reasons for the strike, according to the letter, are “non-payment of salary arrears owed to health workers in Ondo State (January 2017, March, April, and May 2021), and gross understaffing of government hospitals.”
Other reasons for the strike include the mass exodus of doctors and other health workers from the state, non-regular payment of salaries, and non-harmonisation of doctors’ grade level in the Ondo State Civil Service as approved by Mr. Governor in a letter written to the Nigerian Medical Association Ondo State in March 2021, among others.
“Against this backdrop, we wish to let you know that our members have been overstressed and their emotional intelligence has been negatively impacted,” the letter continued.
Mr. Donald Ojogo, the state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, declined to comment on the matter when contacted.