Ondo doctors protest non-payment of salaries, threaten to embark on strike

Ondo doctors protest non-payment of salaries, threaten to embark on strike

- Doctors at the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital, in Ondo state have started a protest

- The medical workers under the auspices of Association of Resident Doctors protested the non- payment of their salaries

- The doctors threatened to embark on an indefinite strike if the Ondo state government doesn't pay the backlog of their salaries

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Following the non-payment of salaries, medical doctors at the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital in Ondo state on Friday, May 8, staged a protest to demand their payment amid the coronavirus pandemic.

According to Sahara Reporters, the doctors under the aegis, Association of Resident Doctors, accused the Ondo state government of owing them salary arrears of three to six months.

The protesting staff carried placards with various inscriptions expressing their disappointment at the insensitivity of the state government to their plight despite working at the hospital.

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The doctors threatened that they would soon paralyze activities at the hospital if the government failed to pay them their salaries.

Ondo doctors protest non-payment of salaries, threaten to embark on strike

Protesting medical doctors at the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital in Ondo state. Photo credit: Sahara Reporters & TVC News/UGC
Source: UGC

This is coming a few days after Ogun state doctors under the auspices of Association of Resident Doctors, Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH) declared a three- day warning strike

Dr. Mutiu Popoola, president of the association, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday, May 3.

According to reports, the strike was declared after a 21- day ultimatum and another seven-day ultimatum. The strike was on the need for appropriate remuneration for doctors in OOUTH as they battle the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that an official of the Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (BASPHCDA) has confirmed that four doctors and six other health workers tested positive for COVID-19 in the state.

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Dr. Rilwan Mohammed, the executive chairman of BASPHCDA revealed this while giving an update on the pandemic at the Government House, Bauchi, the state capital, on Wednesday, May 6.

Mohammed said: “The health workers who have tested positive include four doctors, six other health workers, including some nurses. Some of them are in Bauchi while some are in Azare but we have a higher number of them in the Azare zone.

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