From Ernest Nwokolo, Abeokuta and Moses Emorinken, Abuja
Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun has flayed final week’s three-day warning strike by the Affiliation of Resident Medical doctors (ARD) on the Olabisi Onabanjo College Instructing Hospital (OOUTH) in Sagamu.
The governor mentioned it was “politically motivated”.
The ARD at OOUTH had launched into the strike following what they known as non-committal stance of Abiodun’s administration in direction of their calls for.
A few of the physician’s calls for included non-implementation of the brand new minimal wage, hazard allowance, inappropriate remuneration, entry-level and absence of life insurance coverage coverage for its members.
Addressing reporters on the weekend in Abeokuta, the state capital, Abiodun mentioned: “I’m conscious that some medical doctors at OOUTH launched into some warning strike final weekend.
This can be a improvement I discover moderately disturbing and I think about it a breach of belief. I feel we now have engaged our well being personnel, not simply the medical doctors, as a result of the medical doctors are solely part of your complete workforce.
“Your entire spectrum of well being personnel are all in danger – from the cleaner, the nurse, the pharmacist, the advisor in all of the hospital – as a result of the protocol now’s that they’re to contemplate any affected person that walks in as a COVID-19 affected person. To that extent, we now have supplied the required Private Protecting Tools (PPE) and coaching.
“We reached an settlement with them; they signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) which was not carried out beneath duress. I met them with my workforce and we elevated the hazard allowances to 200 per cent at that assembly; it elevated the hazard allowance to 300 per cent. I recognize them and I additionally talked about the truth that we wanted to have a chance to sit down and dialogue.”
“All of us left feeling very fulfilled and believing that we had began a brand new web page. Surprisingly, final weekend, I used to be knowledgeable that that they had begun a warning strike.
I discover it very irresponsible. I discover it tough to consider that this time, when all fingers are on deck as we try to consider what to do and easy methods to do it, this can be politically sponsored…”
Additionally, the Centre for Society Well being Advocacy (CSHA) faulted the state ARD to embark on strike over its disagreement with the state authorities.
It mentioned the explanations adduced for the strike are too weak to justify an industrial motion at this essential time of world COVID-19 pandemic.
CSHA mentioned going by the assorted efforts of Governor Abiodun to handle welfare points for well being employees, significantly within the wake of the pandemic, solely partisan political motivation might clarify ARD’s newest motion.
In an announcement in Abuja by its Secretary-Basic, Dr. Godwin Ekpenobi, CSHA suggested ARD to rescind its resolution and return to work.
Additionally, well being care professionals and associations have urged the Federal Authorities to intervene within the imminent strike by the Nationwide Affiliation of Resident Medical doctors (NARD).
They mentioned the strike has the potential to scale back the features made and efforts in combating the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Nationwide Affiliation of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) and the Affiliation of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN) backed the ARD’s motion.
Each unions mentioned the federal government must cease paying lip service to its guarantees and do one thing concrete.