Medical Doctors Commence Two-week Strike Over Shortage of Staff in Ondo

Osaretin Balogban

Due to the Shortage of Staff members, medical doctors of the Federal Medical Centre in Owo, Ondo state, under the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) have decided to commence a two-week warning strike.

The Association decided to embark on the warning strike shortly after their general meeting was held in the headquarters of Owo Local Government Area.

Speaking on the industrial action, the President of the ARD, FMC Owo branch, Dr. Olaopa Olutobi Gideon, said it was unavoidable as doctors were placed under extreme and harsh conditions.

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He said not only are the Health workers short-staffed but they risk losing more workers due to the bad healthcare system.

He noted that no less than 300 resident doctors and health workers used to work at the hospital but they only now have 80 resident doctors and health workers left.

Dr. Olaopa says health workers are left to improvise, saying a person does the job meant for five persons.

He also added that the hospital refused to recruit more workers since 2018 which has led the Association to take strike action as a last resort.

“One person is now doing the job of five persons. We have been on this issue since last year. The situation keeps getting worst because a lot of people are leaving the system.”

“There has not been any employment in the FMC Owo, since 2018. The employment of additional 200 doctors and health officers will solve the problem.”

“They are also not paying for our extra work. We are doing duty call every day,” Dr. Olaopa said.

Meanwhile, The hospital’s Public Relations Officer, Olufunsho Ijanusi, confirmed the development saying Dr. Liasu Adeagbo, the hospital’s Chief Medical Director, had tried to intervene in the action of the Association.

He mentions that some complications had restricted the hiring of new workers at the hospital but assured that the management would provide a solution to the problem.

Source: Daily Post

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