By Kayode Ogundeji in Ibadan
Following the intervention of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, striking resident doctors in federal hospitals in the South-west have shelved their strike and agreed to return to work.
The Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) in the zone called up the strike on Monday. As a result of the former president’s intervention, the striking doctors held a congress on Friday where it was agreed that the strike be called off.
The association had taken their case to former President Obasanjo whom they met on Thursday at his Abeokuta Hill-top residence. Members of the ARD in the zone have been on strike for some time now over ‘skipping allowance’ being owed them.
After the doctors had stated their case, Obasanjo sent for the Chief Medical Directors (CMDs) of the affected institutions. Those who attended the meeting included the CMD of the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Prof. Temitope Alonge and CMD of Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Prof. Christopher Bode.
The CMDs of Federal Teaching Hospital, Abeokutao and Yaba Psychiatric Hospital were said to have either joined the meeting or promised to see Obasanjo later.
Resident doctors in the zone have been complaining about the infractions of some of their CMDs and particularly complained about the delay in paying their skipping allowance
The resident doctors at UCH, Ibadan had taken Prof. Alonge to task, alleging that he had diverted their skipping allowance to other areas.
At the meeting President Obasanjo took the CMDs and ARD officials through the medical doctors emerged as the chief executive officers of the teaching hospitals during his time as head of state.
He asked the CMDs to do the needful for their doctors.