Ondo doctors issue ultimatum

Doctors in Ondo State have given a 14-day ultimatum to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to address their grievances or face strike.

The doctors, under the aegis of the National Association of Government General Medical and Dental Practitioners (NAGGMDP), Ondo State branch, an affiliate of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), issued the ultimatum after an emergency State Executive Council (SEC) meeting yesterday.

NAGGMDP Chairman Dr. Aina Oluwafemi, who read the communiqué issued after the meeting, said that the government failed to implement payment of 50 per cent of basic salary as special COVID-19 hazard allowance for health workers.

He said what they got was 2.5 per cent deducted from their consolidated basic salary without explanation.

Oluwafemi said doctors were disappointed, perplexed and in distraught that the government could subject them to ridicule and public embarrassment.

He accused the government of refusal to implement consequential adjustment of increment in minimum wage to doctors and other health workers.

Oluwafemi said failure to meet their demands within 14 days would make them revert to congress and any decision reached would be binding on the executives.

But Information and Orientation Commissioner Donald Ojogo said issues raised by the doctors are being looked into.

He said: “The sector, no doubt, is a very critical one and Mr. Governor has always expressed his appreciation for their services. If there are issues that require attention, the government will not shy away from such. The responsibilities are mutual and inclusive.”

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