By Temitope Adedeji, Akure
Resident Doctors at the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital, Ondo State, will begin a-two day warning strike starting from Thursday 10th February, 2022
The doctors said the strike became necessary following an assault on one of them by the son of a patient.
The doctor, who works at the Accident and Emergency Department of the hospital, was assaulted while discharging his duty.
It took the intervention of men of the Amotekun Corps before he was rescued.
The doctors who staged peaceful protests in Ondo and Akure simultaneously described the attack as barbaric.
They called on the state government to provide adequate security in the hospital premises to prevent a repeat of such an ugly incident.
One of the doctors, Ibidapo Bolayemi, said the hospital is understaffed, urging the state government to employ more doctors.
She said over 100 doctors have left the hospital, leaving less than 45 with the burden to deliver.
Also speaking at the Ondo protest, the President of Association of Resident Doctors, John Matthew said the attack on his colleague was uncalled for.
He said: “It is sad that we have found ourselves in this precarious situation. Over 100 staff have left the hospital, thereby creating burden for us.
“We implore the state government to employ more doctors to address the problem. We also want the government to provide adequate security in the hospital premises.”