- The Ondo state chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has raised alarm over a brewing health crisis
- According to the doctors' association, Ondo state has lost at least 105 medical doctors in the past year, mainly due to poor welfare
- The doctors further lamented that Ondo state has just three House Officers across the three senatorial zones
Akure, Ondo state - The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) says on Monday, June 7, at least 105 medical doctors have resigned in Ondo state in the past year.
This was contained in a statement signed by the NMA state chairman, Dr Stella Adegbehingbe, and state secretary, Dr Olorunfemi Owa, Channel TV reported.
Lamenting the ugly trend, the NMA executives blamed it on irregular and percentage payment of doctors' salaries by the state government.
The NMA also expressed worry that since the exit of the doctors, the state is yet to recruit new ones, PM News also reported.
The statement read in part:
“We have it on good records that about 105 medical doctors have resigned their employment from the Teaching Hospital in the last year alone."
The NMA said since 2019, the Ondo state government has failed to employ the requisite numbers of House Officers.
According to the statement, only three House Officers are left in the service of the Ondo state government across the three senatorial zones in the state.
It was gathered that the medical doctors in the service of the Ondo state government had earlier complained over the salary cut and unpaid wages by the state government.
The doctors in a statement issued recently said they received their February salary in June.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng recalls that in May 2020, medical doctors at the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital in Ondo state staged a protest to demand the payment of their salaries amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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.