Medical doctors in Ondo State , under the auspices of the National Association of Resident Doctors, the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital , Ondo chapter, on Monday commenced an indefinite strike over unpaid salaries and allowances .
The doctors , who had earlier gone on a week warning strike last week , alleged that the government did not respond to their demands, hence the declaration of the indefinite strike .
The acting President of the National Association of Resident Doctors, UNIMEDTH Ondo , Dr Sanni Oriyomi, said the government was still owing doctors four and half months salaries , COVID – 19 allowance and other entitlements .
According to him , many doctors have been resigning their appointment on a daily basis .
He said , “ 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 .
“ We have been working without house officers . We are saying no to all these . The issue of COVID – 19 hazard allowance compared to what is being received in other states , we only received allowance for the month of June and 30 per cent of basic salary as against what we agreed with the government .
“ Having persevered and cared for our patients , rendering our services, our salaries are not being paid . We are owed up to the tune of four and a half months salaries . We are finding it difficult to meet up with our obligations in our different homes . We can no longer pay our children ’ s school fees ; we cannot cater for our families. We have been left with no other option but to commence an indefinite strike today . ”