Ondo Doctors Lament Over Unpaid Wages says We Now Trek To Hospital Daily To Treat Patients

 last week Friday the doctors Association plans to embark on an indefinite strike due to there payments which have not been received.
In reference to SaharaReporters, lamenting medical doctors who are working at the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital in Ondo State have continued to aggrieve  the non-payment of their salary arrears.
The  doctors Who protested stated that not fewer than 150 of them had not been paid salaries for more than six months and had no money to take care of their basic needs.
The reported to Sahara report that now they have to borrow money from Friends another to eat and pay for their transportation a doctor, who identified himself only as "Abiodun", said they have  been struggling to even cope at work with empty stomachs.

Another medical doctor at the annex complex of the hospital in Akure, Adebayo, said it had now become embarrassing for him to trek to work daily due to non-payment of salaries.

He said, “I think you can just imagine us carrying out some surgery during this period of pandemic and the lockdown in the state on empty stomachs and without pay.”

He said working at the state’s hospital in this period of Coronavirus and lockdown has been a tough time for him and colleagues.

Dr Abiola Shittu, Acting President of the Association of Resident Doctors in the state, disclosed that many doctors had run into debts and need to meet up with financial obligations in their homes.

According to him, despite all warning and pleas from the doctor, the state government had repeatedly failed to yield to their demands.

He statment goes as follows

“This sorry situation (non-payment of salary arrears) has plunged us and our families into severe hardship and humiliation.

“Our members are being evicted from their houses as they are long overdue on their rent renewals. Some of us have to trek long distances to the hospital as we can no longer afford to fuel our cars or board a motorcycle among other demeaning experiences.

“To avert a repeat of what happened in January, we have had wide consultations in form of letters and meetings to our management and government representatives to hear our peculiar situation and do the needful but all to no avail.

“We will, unfortunately, not be able to continue to provide this much needed, cherished and patriotic service beyond the 15th of May for the obvious reasons as we would have run out of every means to continue to do so.

“We care about our patients and the good people of Ondo State but no one seems to care about us or our families.”

Also speaking, Dr Taiwo Olagbe, General Secretary of ARD, said while the doctors were asking for the payment of their salaries, the government needed to make sure it regularised their arrears.

He said the protesting doctors had issued a week ultimatum to the government to pay them or else they would embark on strike action.

“So, the government must expedite action on the payment of all these arrears and backlog of salaries before the expiration of the set deadline to avoid industrial disharmony.”

In his reaction, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu said he had directed the immediate payment of all outstanding emoluments of the protesting doctors.

Akeredolu said the payment was in addition to the earlier packages approved for medical and health workers in the state.

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