Doctors under the aegis of National Association of Government General Medical and Dental Practitioners, Ogun State Chapter, have threatened to commence a one-week warning strike starting from Monday, March 7 to press home their demands.
In a statement issued at the end of the emergency general meeting of the association, last Wednesday, the association said that the strike became imperative after they had explored all opportunities to get the attention of the state government on issues affecting the health system in the state.
According to the statement signed by its Chairman, Dr. Oladunni Adetola and the Secretary, Dr. Adetonwa Festus, the association had written series of letters to the state government on the need to restructure health facilities; shortage of staff and relativity but their concerns had been ignored.
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“After series of letters to the Executive Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, both official and personal, as well as sensitization of all other stakeholders, the government has not seen any reason to attend to any of the aforementioned issues ravaging the health sectors.
“Having fulfilled all necessary steps needed to ensure dialogue with the government and at the expiration of the 21 days ultimatum given to the state government with no favourable response, the members of the association have therefore mandated the executive members to declare a one week warning strike starting from March 7 to 13.
“We are not unmindful of the inconveniences this might cause the masses which we greatly regret, we need to affirm our resolution to resolve these issues amicably through genuine dialogue so as to avert any prolonged industrial disharmony in the state,” the statement read.