Doctors in Ondo State, under the aegis of the National Association of Government General Medical and Dental Practitioners (NAGGMDP), have withdrawn their services from COVID-19 isolation centres in the state.
This was announced in a statement signed by Dr. Tunde Olasakinju, Secretary of NAGGMDP, Ondo State branch, on Monday.
According to the striking doctors, they have decided to proceed on industrial action from midnight of 6 July due to what they described as the lack of the human face to medical workers by the state government.
The association noted that its members had initially withdrawn their services on 24 June following the “failure of Government to accede to their demands”, but temporarily set aside the directive due to the confirmation of the COVID-19 status of Rotimi Akeredolu, Governor of Ondo State.
It, however, noted that the government has refused to call them for discussions despite the extension of the strike’s temporary suspension.
The statement read: “We had through the Congress requested that our members who are the COVID19 specialists in the Infectious Disease Hospital Akure to continue to work till Thursday morning, 2nd July 2020 in the interest of the general public and particularly confirmation of the COVID19 Status of Mr Governor.
“It is however imperative that our members be withdrawn immediately (from midnight today 6th July 2020) due to lack of human face expected from the government. We are pained to have been made to do as such.”