Doctors in Ogun State have embarked on an indefinite strike from June 13, 2016.
The announcement was made by the Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr Oladunni Adetola, in Abeokuta.
“Imagine a general hospital having only a doctor covering it. Most of our hospitals have less than half of the personnel they had about seven to eight years ago,” Adetola said according to Leadership.
“The laboratories are not equipped and common essential drugs are not available at the pharmacies, thereby pushing the citizens to buy substandard drugs from outside the hospitals.
“Series of letters to call the attention of the government to this anomaly have been written before now. The effect is glaring in the poor health indices of the state.
“As a professional body, we should justify the confidence reposed in us. Health is a right and Ogun State citizens deserve the best. It was resolved at an emergency general meeting of the association that members should commence on a Monday and Tuesday strike every week starting from Monday 13th June till above mentioned problems are corrected,” he added.
Meanwhile, the National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD) has said that some of its members are still on strike because they’re being owed salaries.