The National Association of Government General Medical and Dental Practitioners has asked Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, to withdraw the threat to sack doctors who are currently on strike.
The President, NAGG.MDP, Dr. Nurud-din Akindele, said this in Osogbo on Thursday at a press conference to address the association over the seven-day ultimatum given the doctors on December 18.
Members of Association of Resident Doctors and doctors in the state government-owned hospitals have been on strike since September 28 over unpaid salary issues.The state government has been paying all workers 50 per cent of their salaries since June but the doctors said they wanted the state government to reach an agreement on when to pay the balance.
Akindele said, “The government of Osun State should, as a matter of urgency and in the interest of the public, invest in equipping the hospitals with up-to-date equipment, provide adequate manpower and make the work environment more conducive.
“Government should withdraw their threat of sacking the doctors who are only demanding that which is their legitimate rights under labour laws.
“Government should put in place appropriate machineries to address the issues listed as a matter of urgency and in public interest.
“Failure of government to do the listed may result in us having no choice but to mobilise all doctors in all health institutions, such as teaching hospitals, private hospitals and local government hospitals in Osun State to embark on a total and indefinite withdrawal of service. “The NAGG called on citizens of the state to prevail on Aregbesola to drop the threat or be ready for a total and indefinite strike of all doctors throughout the state.