Resident doctors down tools in Ondo

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Resident doctors at the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital in Ondo and Akure yesterday embarked on an indefinite strike over four months of unpaid salaries.

The doctors who had earlier embarked on a three-day warning strike said it expired on Tuesday.

The Ravens NG gathered that resident doctors across the state said the strike had become necessary due to poor working conditions, non-payment of salaries, and COVID-19 allowances.

While speaking with journalists in Akure, Acting President of Association of Resident Doctors, Unimed Teaching Hospital Ondo State, Dr. Oriyomi Sanni, said doctors were withdrawing their appointments in packs.

“We are short-staffed; the resident doctors have been reduced in some of the departments. With this development, some of the doctors would have to do back to back calls. This is detrimental to our health. It is also not considered safe for the patients we are treating because we easily get overwhelmed.

“So, we are calling on both the management of the hospital and the state government that they should come up with solutions to all these challenges. The most paramount is the issue of our salaries,” Dr. Sanni commented.

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