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Ogun State doctors begin strike amid COVID-19

Doctors in Ogun State have embarked on what they termed weekend strike.

The doctors, under the auspices of the Association of Resident Doctors, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Sagamu, said they have resolved to discharge their duties during working days of the week only.

This, they said, was because of their concern for the people in these trying times, saying “we have decided to sit at home on weekends.”

Newsmen reports that the resident doctors had earlier embarked on a three-day warning strike, alleging that there has not been any commitment whatsoever from the Ogun State government on the issue of Appropriate Remuneration, Entry Level, New Minimum Wage, Hazard allowance and Life Insurance for their members.

The medical practitioners said they have written letters to government, but there was no response.

However, at a meeting he held with health workers’ unions in his office a week after, Governor Dapo Abiodun appealed to the health workers in the state not to allow issues degenerate, as he appealed to them to always keep communication open with his administration.

Abiodun, it was reported, promised the health workers that he will put in place life insurance policy for them, increasing their hazard allowance by 300 per cent.

He said he would have started the life insurance programme immediately, but he is waiting to go along with the Federal Government, which he said was also planning something similar.

Also, he assured that health workers would benefit from the new minimum wage.

But, in a statement signed by the President, Dr Mutiu Popoola, on Friday, the association said they were chastised at the meeting they held with Gov Abiodun for allegedly choosing to go on strike during this period of pandemic.

Popoola who said the association expected that the government would look into their requests after the meeting expressed displeasure, stating that the sincerity on the government’s side is invisible to them

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