…demands improved welfare, security of medical personnel
By Ibrahim Sheriff (Gold)
Medical Practitioners in public health facilities in Kwara state under the aegis of National Association of Government General Medical and Dental Practitioners (NAGGMDP) on Monday begin a seven-day warning strike across the 16 local government areas of the state over a disagreement with government on their demands.
The warning strike took off in defiance to the pleas and 70% offer made by the state government to halt the strike action.
Dr Saka Agboola, Chairman of the association who directed members of NAGGMDP to commence the warning strike explained that the association had been patient, and gave series of ultimatum to the state government concerning their agitation on welfare of medical practitioners in the State.
He said, “The strike action emanated from the failed implementation of agreement by the government after several engagements on the demands surrounding better working conditions of doctors working with the state government.
More recruitment of doctors into the service to strengthen and support the already overwhelmed ones in the state.
“Provision of adequate security for health workers to prevent recurrent assault of health workers especially doctors while discharging their legitimate duties.
“Better and improved remuneration for doctors in the state to prevent the recurrent exodus of doctors to the federal health institutions and even neighbouring states.”
He observed that as much as it is painful for the executives to reach such decision, the congress has however unanimously agreed on a seven days warning strike action.