By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
The Ogun State Government has met with some elders in the medical profession at Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu to resolve issues raised by the Association of Residence Doctors in the institution in order to end their strike.
The Head of Service, TPL. Amope Chokor while appreciating the elders for their intervention, assured them of the State Government’s readiness to listen and do needful in the interest of the people of the State, as Governor Dapo Abiodun operates an open door policy.
She urged them to meet the representative of the striking Association of Residence Doctors (ARD) towards resolving the issues.
She said, “Government is trying to make our lives better and has done more in the health sector. Adequate measures were put in place to fight COVID-19 pandemic in the State, just as the present administration purchased and installed a fully funded State molecular laboratory at OOUTH, which has received applause from World Health Organization (WHO), and other well-meaning Nigerians.
‘’Likewise, world-class Isolation and Treatment Centres, equipped with special intensive care units (ICUs) were constructed at OOUTH, Ikenne-Remo and Abeokuta. You can see that Governor Dapo Abiodun really meant well, not only for health but other sectors of the economy too.
“So, the ongoing strike is not in the best interest of our dear State, particularly at this time of Covid-19 pandemic.”
Speaking earlier, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker assured the Doctors that Government was doing its best to provide the needed Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and life insurance to all doctors at the fore-front of Covid-19.
Speaking on behalf of the elders, the former Chairman, Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr. Olusoji Jagun, thanked the State Government for its efforts in the health sectors, saying the elders would do everything within their power to meet the doctors in order to end the strike.