Medical workers
Medical workers

Doctors under the aegis of National Association of Government General Medical and Dental Practitioners has commenced a week warning strike to press home their demands.

The Association had in a communique issued at the end of the emergency general meeting of the medical workers last Wednesday, said all action was to press home their demand.

It said the strike became imperative having explore all opportunities to get the attention of the state government on issues affecting the health system in the state.

The communique signed by its chairman and secretary, Dr. Oladunni Adetola and Dr. Adetonwa Festus respectively, had it that, series of letters were written to Governor Ibikunle Amosun on the need to restructure health facilities; shortage of staff and relativity.

The association explained that little or nothing could be achieved in the health sector in the state considering lack of materials, equipment ‎and good working environment.

The body also identified shortage of staff across all cadres of ‎the health workers adding that there was no new recruitment in the last 2 to 3 years despite the increasing demands on the sector.

NAGGMDP also noted with dismay the refusal of the state government to respect a circular by the federal government since 2013 on the need for all states to effect the payment of corrected CONMESS to correct an error of over 20 years on the doctors salary.

It said further that the state government on paid doctors in the teaching ‎hospital employed by the state government have been paid using same circular in the last 10 months.

“Having fulfilled all necessary steps needed to ensure dialogue with the government and at the expiration of the 21 days ultimatum given to the state government with no favourable response. The members of the association has therefore mandated ‎the executive members to declare a one week warning strike starting from 7th to 13th March.

“We are not unmindful of the inconveniences this might cause the masses which we greatly regret,we need to affirm our resolution to resolve these issues amicably through genuine dialogue so as to avert any prolonged industrial disharmony in the state,” the Communiqué read.