Doctors To Embark On Strike Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

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University Teaching Hospital Olabisi Onabanjo, Sagamu Ogun State resident doctors, says they will be embarking on a three-day warning strike starting from Monday 4th May 2010.

President Popoola Mutiua and General Secretary Osundara of the Association jointly signed a letter containing the decision taken by doctors to embark on strike to demand appreciation remuneration for doctors in OOUTH as they battle and fight COVID-19 Pandemic.

According to them, “we will review the response of the government after the three-day warning strike.”

The letter in parts reads that

“We have a human face, and we know people are the basis of our practice as medical professionals. We shall, therefore, exclude our members working at COVID-19 isolation center from joining the strike action. They shall not take part in the strike. Following the three-day warning strike, we shall review the government’s response, and appropriate action shall be made after that.

The whole house is very much displeased with the government on issues that bother on our agitations and welfare. We are perturbed with the non-committal response from the government despite repeated calls and letters to get their attention.

There has been no commitment whatsoever from the government on the issue of Appropriate Remuneration, Entry Level, New Minimum Wage, Hazard allowance, and Life Insurance for our members. No response to the letter written by the National Body of the Association of Resident Doctors notifying Ogun State Government on the aberration concerning the Appropriate Remuneration to her members at OOUTH.

Despite the inadequate response of Ogun State Government to the Health risks confronted by our members during this COVID-19 pandemic, our members went ahead to continue their work diligently in their various departments and at the Isolation Centre. We were taken aback by the arbitrary change in only hazard allowance to be given as COVID-19 Special Hazard Allowance to all health workers. The 200 per cent increase in hazard allowance is just an increase from N5000 to N15,000 for just the month of April.”

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