Osun Doctors Commence 7-Day Warning Strike
Medical doctors across Osun state-owned hospitals have declared a seven-day warning strike.
During the strike, clinical services will be suspended across all health institutions in the state.
The decision was reached at the Congress of the Association at the expiration of the 21-Day Ultimatum given the state government.
The doctors expected government to address their demands bordering on salary payment and other welfare issues but no action has been taken.
The NMA chairman in the state, Olajumoke Tokunbo said the state government appears unwilling to address their demands, hence the industrial action.
He warned that it would be catastrophic for the health sector, should the government fail to accede to their demands in another seven days.
"We gave government a window period of about 90 days, but it's so unfortunate that within that 90 days there was no form of engagement from the government side.
“This led to the 21-day ultimatum which the government still failed to show concern.
“Within that seven days, there won’t be any form of clinical activity. No doctor is to be seen at any of the state government owned Health institutions in the state."
Olajumoke stressed that the state health sector cannot afford to suffer another indefinite strike.
"The government is not showing any sincerity on our demands.
“We ought to have declared a total strike from this meeting but we decided to give the government another grace of a 7-day warning strike.
“If after that seven days government still fails to do the right thing concerning our demands, we may have to move on to declare a total strike," he warned.
The state Commissioner for Health, Rafiu Isamotu while reacting to the decision of the doctors to embark on a warning strike appealed for patience, saying the state government is committed to their welfare.
Dr. Isamotu said the state government has been doing its best for the sector but for the paucity of funds across all platforms of governance in the state.
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