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Doctors under the aegis of the National Association of Government General Medical and Dental Practitioners (NAGGMDP) in Ondo State have commenced a two weeks warning strike over alleged neglect of the welfare of the doctors by the state government.
The two weeks warning strike was contained in a letter addressed to the State governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, signed by the state Chairman and Secretary of the NAGGMDP, Dr Roland Arohunmolase, and Dr Richard Obe on Thursday.
It reads: ” 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 Ordinary General Meeting of our association held on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, members resolved at proceeding on two weeks warning strike starting from 8:00 am, 10th of June, 2021.”
According to the letter, some the grounds for the industrial action include, “non-payment of salaries arrears being owed health workers in Ondo State (January 2017, March, April and May 2021), Gross under-staffing of government hospitals following 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 Ondo State Civil Service as approved by Mr Governor which is contained in the letter written to Nigerian Medical Association Ondo State in March 2021.”
Other grounds are, “percentage payment of salaries to health workers, non-payment of the third tranche of COVID-19 allowance, non-implementation of Group Life Insurance for all Health workers,”
“Against this backdrop, We wish to let you know that our members have been overstretched and their emotional intelligence badly affected.”
The doctors said: ” Ondo State is being overpopulated and this has increased the numbers of patient patronage at various government-owned health facilities. Invariably it has become unbearable to cope with the deplorable state of things in Ondo State Government-owned hospitals.
‘We hereby state that it is not the wish of our members to proceed on this industrial action, but it is necessary to draw your attention and that of the citizenry to the afore-mentioned.
“The Association hopes Mr Governor will do the needful in addressing our dissatisfaction as contained in this letter,” the doctor stated in the letter.