Medical practitioners under the aegis of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) in federal teaching hospitals have embarked on an indefinite strike over the non payment of 10 months salaries of some of its members.
Speaking to pressmen in Osogbo on Monday morning, the President of the Obafemi Awolowo University chapter of the association, Dr. Wole Ayegbusi, said:
“We have started an indefinite strike this morning to drive home our demands.
“The most saddening part of it is that our members in the state teaching hospitals have not been paid for 10 months and these are some of the members that are rendering essential services.
“We need to realise that, we cannot be comparing doctors to other civil servants because if they(civil servants) fall sick and doctors are not well paid, they will never be well attended to.
“You will be surprised that today, some federal teaching hospitals have not paid December salaries, which is unfair because it affects our productivity.
“Also some of our members have been sacked for an unjust cause and several times we have made efforts to dialogue with the Federal Ministry of Health but maybe due to their selfish reason or incompetence, we have not been able to actualise that.
“Most of the community people are poor and they cannot travel abroad to get treatment.”