Patients seeking medical attention in Ondo State have resorted to travelling to neighboring states or visiting private hospitals to get service.
This is because doctors in the employment of the state government, who embarked on an indefinite strike 14 days ago over payment of 50 percent November, 2020 salary, are yet to return to work.
The doctors include members of the Association of Resident Doctors, National Association of Government General Medical and Dental Practitioners, and the Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria in Ondo State.
They withdrew their services on the 2nd of February, over 50 percent November 2020 salary paid to them by the state government.
A visit to the State Specialists’ Hospital, Akure and other government medical facilities, reflected an atmosphere of serenity, while beds were without patients.
There were also no traces of doctors at the hospitals, as people seeking medical attention were turned back.
The striking doctors said since the start of the industrial action two weeks ago, there have been no concrete agreement between them and the state Government.
The striking doctors, who are worried by the rising cases of Covid-19 infection in the State, said their colleagues are leaving in droves to neighbouring states, where salaries are been paid regularly.
Meanwhile the state Acting commissioner for health, Jibayo Adeyeye blamed the 50 per cent payment on the shortfall of revenue but promised the issue will be resolved soon.
It is the hope of residents of the state that the government will take the health of its citizens more seriously, with the expectation that the striking doctors will return to work in no distance time.