BREAKDOWN: Resident doctors start indefinite strike in Ondo



Dayo Johnson Akure

Doctors under the aegis of the National Association of NARD Resident Doctors in Ondo State have started an indefinite strike.

This was in line with the directive from his national body to begin industrial action today.

The doctors’ strike comes at a critical time when the country is experiencing an increase in the third wave of the COVID 19 pandemic.

A visit by Vanguard to general hospitals and the Federal Medical Center FMC in Owo showed that the strike action was most strictly observed by doctors as they were away from wards and their offices.

Some of the doctors interviewed who spoke confidently said there was no back down on the strike unless their demands were met by the government.

Speaking to Vanguard, the state association’s president, Dr Tope Olatilu said the action was 100% effective in that state.

Dr Olatilu told the vanguard doctors will not return to work until the government implements the deals it made with the union 113 days after suspending the previous strike as a reason industrial action.

Speaking about the reasons for the strike, the president told the Vanguard that it included the poor working environment in public hospitals, irregular payment of doctors’ salaries and N5000 risk pay which have last revised in 1991.

Olatilu regretted that the government was handling the health of its citizens lightly.

He noted that “only four percent of the total budget goes to the health sector, while 25 to 50 percent goes to paying people in power.
“This shows that the priority rests more on the interests of those in power than on Nigerian citizens. He said.

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