Health workers in Ogun State have gone on strike, to protest the manner government handled the abduction of their colleagues.
A doctor, Oladunni Odetola, and a nurse identified simply as Bamgbose, who were kidnapped in the state last week have regained their freedom.
But despite their release, the health workers in the state have insisted on going ahead with the planned strike “until their safety is guaranteed”.
Ogunlaja Oladayo, the state chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), confirmed the release of the kidnapped doctor and nurse after about six days in captivity.
However, he told Daily Trust on Tuesday, that there is no going back on the strike declared by health workers to protest against the kidnapping of their colleagues in the state.
Oladayo said health workers need to be assured of their safety and that of hospitals before they will return to their duty posts.
Before the release of their abducted colleagues, doctors and nurses in the state had announced withdrawal of services in protest, saying that the no-work protest takes effect from 12 midnight on April 13.
Unknown gunmen had last Wednesday, abducted Odetola and Bamgbose along Abeokuta – Imeko road, but they were released on Tuesday morning.
A dental therapist working with the General Hospital in Ijebu–Igbo was also abducted on her way to work on April 12 and has not been released.
Angered by the development, the NMA and the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), in a letter jointly addressed to the state commissioner of health, Tomi Coker, accused the government of non-committal to securing the release of the abducted health workers.
The letter titled ‘Notification of Withdrawal of Service,’ was dated April 12, 2021, and jointly signed by the NMA chairman, Oladayo, and the state chairman of NANNM, Roseline Solarin.