Association of Medical and Dental Officers, in Osun, who have been on a 7-month strike, have finally called off their strike.
Dr. Isiaka Adekunle, the chairman of the association while being interviewed by the News Agency Of Nigeria in Oshogbo yesterday, confirmed the news. He added that the Doctors will resume work today, Monday, April 4th.
Dr. Adekunle, revealed that the strike was called off due to pleas from well meaning people of Osun as the Government is yet to meet any of their demands. He however said that they will continue to dialogue with the government.
According to Dr. Adekunle:
the Speaker of the state Assembly, Najeem Salaam and some other people prevailed on us to call off the strike.
We also observed that the people who are at the receiving end of our strike are the masses who can only access health care from state owned hospitals.
Based on this, the doctors unanimously agreed at our AGM that the strike be suspended despite the fact that none of our demands has been met by the government
While we pray for good fortune for the state and the nation as a whole, when the economy of the state improves, government will have no choice than to answer our demands.
We want a promise from the government that none of our members will be victimised for participating in the strike.
We believe government will keep to its side of agreement while we keep to ours.
It can be recalled that the doctors began their strike on Sept. 28, 2015 due to unpaid salaries and non-remittance of their cooperative and contributory deductions from their salaries to the appropriate quarters.