Aggrieved medical doctors in Osun State have announced the suspension of their seven months industrial action.
The doctors, who are under the aegis of Osun State Association of Medical and Dental Officers (OSAMDO), on Sunday, suspended the strike they embarked upon since September 25, 2015.
The medical practitioners, who are attached to the state Hospital Management Board and the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, embarked on the strike to reject the payment of modulated salaries among other grievances.
However, while confirming the suspension of the strike, the chairman of the OSAMDO, Dr. Isiaka Adekunle in a telephone chat with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Osogbo averred that the doctors would report for duty today, Monday.
Adekunle lamented that though the government was yet to meet any of their demands; their decision to resume work was in response to appeals from well-meaning people of the state.
He said, “We decided to suspend the strike in order to alleviate the suffering of the people and to avoid unnecessary deaths.
“There were appeals by the Speaker of the House of Assembly, our medical elders and other quarters. We will resume work by 8am tomorrow (Monday).”
Adekunle said the association took the decision at its Annual General Meeting on March 30.
He said: “House of Assembly Speaker Najeem Salaam and some others prevailed on us to call off the strike.
“We observed that the people who are at the receiving end of our strike are the masses who can only access health care from state owned hospitals.
“Based on this, the doctors unanimously agreed at our AGM that the strike be suspended despite the fact that none of our demands has been met by the government
“While we pray for good fortune for the state and the nation as a whole, when the economy of the state improves, government will have no choice than to answer our demands.”
In the Meantime, the President of the Association of Resident Doctors and LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, Dr. Adeyinka Owolabi, disclosed that the residents doctors had not suspended their strike.
He said, “OSAMDO has suspended its strike but we, resident doctors, are still on strike. The MDCAN at LAUTECH is also on strike. One affiliate association of the NMA suspended their strike while two of us are continuing.
“The national body of the ARD will give 21 days ultimatum on our strike tomorrow; if nothing happens after that, all resident doctors in the country may join the strike.”