Ogun State doctors begin strike amid coronavirus pandemic
Resident doctors in Ogun State who had earlier embarked on a three-day warning strike, have decided to go on weekends strike amid the coronavirus crisisi.
The doctors, under the aegis of the Association of Resident Doctors in Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH) branch Sagamu, said because of their concern for the people during this pandemic period, they would continue to discharge their duties during weekdays and sit at home during weekends.
According to the doctors, the state government has not been showing commitment towards resolving the issue of appropriate remuneration, entry level, new minimum wage, hazard allowance and life insurance for their members.
Meanwhile, Governor Dapo Abiodun had earlier met with the health workers’ unions and appealed to them not to allow the issue degenerate.
However, in a statement signed by the president of the association, Dr Mutiu Popoola, it was disclosed that the Governor chastised them during the meeting for choosing to go on strike in this period of the pandemic.
“We gave ultimatums, still no response. And then we went on a warning strike. Then we were called to a meeting. But surprisingly, we were chastised for choosing this time to agitate. But that is not true, our agitation pre-dated COVID-19 Pandemic by many months,” Popoola said per Daily Post.
“But alas, like the proverbial cutlass, it still landed on the flat side! The sincerity on the government’s side is invisible to us.
“Since the government has chosen to simply rub the issues, without any form of real commitment to begin to treat us fairly, we have resolved to discharge our duties only during working days of the week because of our concern for the people in these trying times and we have decided to sit at home on weekends.
“We hope the Ogun State government will wake up to its responsibility and our congress shall review in two weeks, if any worthwhile transformation occurs.
“We have decided to leave our members working directly in the COVID-19 treatment centre to go on with their duties uninterrupted, within this additional two-week wait, after which we would reappraise and determine what next.
“We are sincerely willing to attend to the health needs of Ogun State and its environs, and we have waited and waited and waited, but there is a limit to which it would be right to keep on enduring this insensitivity to the continued unfair treatment of the resident doctors.”
One of the five isolation and treatment centres for coronavirus in Ogun State is located in OOUTH Sagamu and it is equipped with a special intensive care unit.