Ondo Medical Doctors, NARD, suspend industrial actions.
Written by crest887fm on September 1, 2021
Reporter: Funmilola Afolabi
Striking medical doctors in Ondo state have suspended their more than 11 weeks strike.
The State Chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association NMA, Dr Stella Adegbehingbe made the revelation at an interactive session with medical practitioners which was organized by the house committee at the Assembly Complex in Akure today.
The state’s chapter of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has also called off its strike locally.
Recall that on June 11, 2021 medical doctors employed by the ondo state government embarked on a two week warning strike for better working conditions.
The effect of the strike on the health system worsened following the announcement by the National association of resident doctors to also go on strike.
The industrial action which is happening amid fresh wave of coronavirus pandemic and raging cholera spells the need for concerned authorities to proffer lasting solutions to the requests made by the striking doctors.
This perhaps informed the interactive session between the house committee and the representatives of medical practitioners in the state.
The chairman, house committee on health, Dr Abiodun Faleye appealed to the striking doctors to priotize the health of residents and call of their strike in earnest.
The state chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association NMA, Dr Stella Adegbehingbe opined that the appeal should be directed to the state government to pay their salaries, adding that they have suspended their strike.
The state general secretary of the national association of residents doctors, Dr John Mattew revealed that the association has also called off its strike but awaiting the official announcement from its national body.
The house committee on health and the striking doctors however resolved that the doctors go back to work while the state government looks into the payment of their salaries and other emoluments.