Medical personnel in Ondo state, including pharmacists, nurses, laboratory scientists and other allied health workers, have withdrawn their services in all government hospitals in the state, due to the inability of the state government to pay their five months’ outstanding salaries.
Activities were ceased at the State Specialists Hospital as the aggrieved health workers marched on major streets in Ondo town to protest against the insensitivity of the State government to their plight.
The medical practitioners, who converged at the main gate of the facility of the Specialists Hospital at 7am, closed the gate leading to the hospital, even as some of them were seen with placards with various inscriptions such as “Pay our salaries “; “Shall we die before you pay us?”; “We are saving lives, pay our salaries and “Save us from hunger” among others.
It was gathered that during the protest, the health workers refused to attend to patients in critical condition who were hospitalized at the facility.
Addressing the protesters, the Osemawe of Ondo, Oba Victor Kiladejo, promised that he would meet with Governor Olusegun Mimiko, adding that the government cannot afford to play with the health of the people.
However, the health workers vowed to continue with the protest, until their salaries are fully paid.