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  • Updated: April 03, 2024

Salary arrears: Ondo doctors begin 14-day warning strike

Salary arrears: Ondo doctors begin 14-day warning strike

The Association of Resident Doctors at the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital in Ondo State has initiated a 14-day warning strike due to the non-payment of seven months’ salaries to their newly recruited members.

Protesting on the hospital premises, the association members vowed to disrupt activities at the government-owned medical facility until their grievances were addressed.

Dr. John Matthew, the President of UNIMEDTH ARD, expressed concern to journalists during the protest, highlighting their members' outstanding salary payments and other grievances.

Among their grievances are the lack of provision of palliatives to house officers since February, the non-payment of February hazard allowance despite promises from the state government to pay two months, and staff shortages due to doctor resignations from the institution.

Dr. Matthew noted that the hospital's staff has dwindled to only 26 ARD members from the previous count of 150 members just a few months ago.

He said, “We demand full payment of the arrears of salaries owed our members and payment of February 2024 palliative to our house officers.

"Management should pay February hazard allowance to our members and urgently address the severe clinical manpower shortage in the institution. Our members work every day. There are no staff members due to Japa syndrome.

The state chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association has called on the state government to address the issue of shortage of resident doctors in state-owned hospitals.

In a communiqué issued by the state chairman of the association, Dr Omosehin Adeyemi-Osowe, after its meeting, the association said many of the doctors in the state had left for greener pastures, while some who are still in Nigeria had left the state for another state.

The communique read, “There is dire shortage of health personnel in the state. Doctors have refused to take up employment with the Ondo State Government.

“It was also observed that numerous doctors within the Ondo State Civil Service left for greener pastures locally (neighbouring states such as Osun, Lagos, Ekiti, Kwara, Delta) and internationally, African Countries: Sierra Leone, Gambia, South Africa, etc and outside the continent: United States of America, Canada, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Germany, etc.

“As of the time of writing this communiqué, there are only 22 resident doctors at UNIMEDTHC compared to the previous figure of 150 resident doctors.”

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