Ondo State government has said that the continued strike embarked upon by the doctors is surprising and shocking.
The Acting Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jibayo Adeyeye stated that the state government is surprised that medical doctors are yet to call off their strike in the state despite series of negotiations and explanations.
Adeyeye who spoke in an interview said the meetings held with the doctors were fruitful and contrary to the position of the medical doctors.
The medical doctors under the auspices of Ondo State Government Doctors Forum had last month, began an indefinite strike action over the payment of 50 per cent salary for the month of November 2020.
Other demands of the striking doctors were payment of COVID-19 allowance, employment of more doctors, provision of accommodation for resident doctors and implementation of skipping.
Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu had resolved to stop borrowing to augment payment of workers salary which amount to over N5billion whereas the allocation from the federation account was a little over N2billion.
Dr. Adeyeye stated that the Governor explained that the 50 per cent salary payment was only for the month of November.
Adeyeye said the striking doctors knew the sincerity of the state government and that it was wrong for the doctors to say the meetings did not yield positive results.
His words, “As far as government is concerned the meeting ended in a conducive atmosphere. With the explanation, the strike should have been called off. It is a surprise that the strike is still on.
” It was workers that agreed to receive 50 per cent and the Governor promise to invite doctors to a subsequent meeting with Labour. We told them that it is impossible to treat them differently from other civil servants.
“We promised to pay COVID-19 allowance on the 20th of February. On the issue of Skipping, we told the doctors to inform us if any state implements it, we will do so.
“Government has attended to their demands. We are doing everything to resolve this crisis. The Finance Commissioner is doing everything to ensure money is available to pay the COVID-19 allowance.”
But a spokesman for the striking doctors, Dr Olubosede Omolayo, said there was no agreement yet for them to end the strike.
Dr. Omolayo urged the state government to respond to their demands to prevent further decay in the health sector adding that it was unfortunate that government allowed the strike to drag for long