On 06/Sep/2019 / In Medical News
The Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, on Thursday, read the riot act to the striking resident doctors of the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu. Abiodun said his administration would not allow anyone or any group of persons to hold his government to ransom under any guise. The governor said this in his office in Oke-Mosan, while receiving the report of the administrative panel to the OOUTH. The resident doctors embarked on an indefinite strike on Monday over alleged shortage of staff.
The governor said the state government was surprised by the indefinite strike embarked upon by the doctors without due consultation with government, despite the fact that government had met the health institution in a mess. He, however, hoped the resident doctors would have a change of heart and call off their industrial action to tend to their primary responsibility of saving lives.
He added that the government was poised to continue to listen to their plight and take the institution meant to be a breeding ground for doctors, back to its glory days. He said his administration was not just concerned about the plight of the OOUTH, but was also concerned about all other tertiary health institutions across the state.
He said, “I was quite relieved when we received an interim recommendation that we should commence the recruitment of medical personnel, amongst which are the resident doctors that you have been agitating for. So, we were quite relieved that the go-ahead was from you and that was why we did not waste time in its implementation.”
Abiodun noted that it was important to find a way to encourage the people to patronise the primary health centres and instill in them the confidence that the facilities must be their first choice.
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