Nigeria: Osun Resident Doctors Threaten to Join Ongoing Strike By Osamdo

Nigeria: Osun Resident Doctors Threaten to Join Ongoing Strike By Osamdo

Dawari George

Nigeria: Osun Resident Doctors Threaten to Join Ongoing Strike By Osamdo

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Osogbo — Over 500 medical doctors working in the employ of Osun state government may lose their job today going by the threat issued by the governor, Rauf Aregbesola to sack them for engaging on strike.
The doctors began their strike in September last year for alleged failure by the state government to pay them full salaries since July last year and meeting other welfare related issues by the authorities
However, The Guardian learnt at the weekend that colleagues of the doctors in other states had mobilised and prepared to storm Osun state today in protest against the sack threat by the governor.
The on-going strike by medical doctors under the aegis of Association of Resident Doctors {ARD} and their counterparts, Osun State Association of Medical and Dental Officers {OSAMDO} might have been compounded as Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria {MDCAN} has also threatened to join the strike.
MDCAN at a press briefing yesterday urged the Board of Management of
 
Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital,Osogbo to meet the demands of the association before the expiration of an ultimatum given the board which expires on Wednesday or risk industrial strike.
The doctors are demanding full payment of their salaries from July last year and implementation of other sundry matters related to welfare.
The consultants said the skeletal services being provided should not be mistaking by the board and the government saying they render the service in the interest of the public in order not to ground the entire health care delivery system in Osun.
Aregbesola had on Thursday threatened to sack striking doctors working in government hospitals in the state today if they remain adamant.
Meanwhile, the Association of Resident Doctors has said that members of the association are not moved by the governor's threat of sack unless the state government is ready to do the needful by meeting their demands.