Members of the Ondo State chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) and its affiliates have suspended their industrial dispute with the state government after a protracted intervention by stakeholders and traditional rulers.
This was disclosed by the state NMA Chairman, Dr. Stella Adegehingbe during an interactive session with the Ondo State House of Assembly committee on Health and other stakeholders in Akure on Wednesday, September 1.
Dr. Adegbehingbe, who lamented that the strike has increased mortality rate due to the patronage of quacks, noted that medical practioners in the state would return to work as soon as possible in the interest of the people who are seriously in need of medical attention in government hospitals.
At a parley with lawmakers in the Ondo State House of Assembly, the medical practitioners called on the state government to honour the terms of the agreement reached with them especially payment of their outstanding salaries in line with their colleagues in the civil service.
Doctor Adegbehingbe Stella thanked the lawmakers and other stakeholders for their intervention but called for prompt payment of their outstanding dues to act as incentive to members who have been out of work for sometime.
She equally called on government not to intimidate any member for participating in the strike through any form of victimisation.
Other affiliate members who spoke at the parley urged government to look into payment of stipulated welfare packages to doctors as a way of checkmating massive drift of professionals in the medical profession.
Speaking earlier, Chairman, House Committee on Health, Honourable (Dr) Abiodun Faleye and other lawmakers pledged to reach out to necessary stakeholders with a view to ironing out grey areas and stemming the incessant industrial disputes in the health sector of Ondo State.
The occasion had in attendance the Permanent Secretary, Ondo State Hospitals Management Board, Dr Olaniran Ikuemola, representative of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr Uche Odionyema and other affiliate officers of the body of medical practitioners in Ondo State.