BY LEVI JOHNSON
Medical doctors in Ogun State under the auspices of Association of Resident Doctors, Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH) have declared a three- day warning strike.
OOUTH said its industrial strike begins on Sunday, May 3, 2020, after a 21- day ultimatum and another seven-day ultimatum notification.
They are proceeding on strike over the needs for appropriate remuneration for doctors in OOUTH as they battle the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking in this regard, Dr Mutiu Popoola, the President of the association, declared the three days warning strike in a statement.
They are asking the government to protect and appreciate doctors who put their lives on the line during the COVID-19 in Shagamu, Ogun State.
Dr Popoola said: “We have been on this struggle for appropriate remuneration for over four years and it is unfortunate that government’s unwilling attitude to the welfare of doctors in OOUTH is unbecoming.
”There has been no commitment whatsoever from the government on the issue of appropriate remuneration, entry-level, new minimum wage, hazard allowance and life insurance for our members.
“Despite the inadequate response of Ogun State Government to the health risks confronted by our members during this COVID-19 pandemic, our members went ahead to continue their work diligently in their various departments and at the isolation centre.
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“We were taken aback by the arbitrary change in only hazard allowance to be given as COVID -19 Special Hazard Allowance to all health workers.
“The 200% increase in Hazard allowance is just an increase from N5000 to N15,000 for just the month of April.”