Doctors under the aegis of the Nigerian Medical Association in Osun State have issued a warning to the state government to stop the payment of half salaries or they’ll embark on a strike.
To press home their demands, the protesting doctors dressed in lab coats and branded shirts, marched from LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Osogbo to Olaiya and some of the major streets in the state capital in a bid to press home their demands.
The aggrieved doctors who were singing anti-government songs noted that despite claims by the government had spent the sum of N10bn to improve the sector, there were no drugs at hospitals in the state.
Speaking on behalf of the striking doctors Chairman of the NMA in the state, Dr. Tokunbo Olajumoke said; “We went on strike because of half salaries and after about eight months we resumed. They promised to pay us but they did not.
“Some other health care practitioners went on strike for about six months and the government paid them. Why should our own be different?”, he asked.
Continuing he added that; “They have been paying us half salaries since July 2015; it is almost two years now but doctors cannot render half treatment to patients. Half salaries should stop, it is illegal!”