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Resident Doctors Embark on Indefinite Strike in Ondo

Resident Doctors at the University of Medical Sciences, Ondo have embarked on an indefinite strike.

Announcing their decision in Akure today, Chairman, Media Committee, National Association of Resident Doctors, UNIMED chapter, Dr Taiwo Olagbe, said they had no option than to down tools.

Dr Olagbe explained that the Ondo state government had failed to accede to all their demands despite deploying all manner of strategies, hence their resolve to begin the indefinite strike.

He noted that the resident doctors were tired of having to stage a protest before getting their monthly wage despite their contribution to the state’s health sector.

Dr Olagbe identified some of their agitations to include nonpayment of salary arrears, non-regularization of salaries, non-implementation of Covid-19 allowances and lack of adequate personal protective equipment as some their colleagues were already contracting Coronavirus.

Also speaking, the acting General Secretary of the Association, Dr John Mathew noted that the industrial action was total, noting that the resident doctors would not resume until all their demands were met by government.

The National Association of Resident Doctors in Nigeria ,NARD few days ago suspended a nationwide strike it embarked upon but the UNIMED chapter of NARD said it had some outstanding demands with Ondo state government, hence the resumption of their own industrial action.

Bukola Bardi

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