[Osun]–The Nigeria Medical Association, Osun State chapter has staged a peaceful protest demanding for payment of full salary of residents doctors in the State.
The scores of the association stormed Ola-Iya Junction, Osogbo, Osun-State armed with placards and chanting several solidarity songs.
The officials of Federal Road Safety Corps and Nigeria Police Force were with them to manage the protests and see to traffic. The action caused gridlock for some minutes of the action.
The chairman of NMA, Osun State, Dr. Tokunbo Olajumonke addressed journalists at Ola-Iya Junction expressed the Association dissatisfaction to the approach of the government and alleged poor facility to the death of Senator Isiaka Adeleke.
The Association who tagged the protest “Walk for survival” had earlier stage protest about a month ago but alleged that nothing has been done since the action.
Tokunbo said ” For the past one month that we staged a protest no discussion was put together to address our issue and that warranted the second episode of this protest”
“About two years ago our salaries was mutilated by what they called half salary and we work around the clock to ensure that patients are treated.
“We are feed up of receiving fragments of our salary which is not even constant, we can have 40% in a month and sometimes 36%. All this is not commendable to doctors which are essential workers of the State”
Tokunbo also kick against tax status in the state, he said “We are paying huge tax in Osun State and to make it worrisome we are been paid fractures of our salaries while tax is been deducted fully from the fractures salary,if we are been paid part salaries then our tax should be paid partially and not being paid fully”.
Dr. Tokunbo also lamented that resident doctors were not paid for the period they went on strike, he said ” Some of our affiliate who went on strike because of their salaries about eight months ago but since then nothing has been done and salaries are being withheld,the government is owing doctors 16month salary which has not been paid”
He also slammed the government on facility in the medical sector in the state “I learnt from them that they spent about 10billion naira on health system but just a walk around by anybody can tell us that is a lie”
“The facilities in health sector is very poor and not welcoming which tell greatly on our service rendered to patient”
“An example is a senator who had cardiac arrest in Ede, he was brought down to Osogbo when there is nearby general hospital in Ede, he knew there was nothing in that facility and that was why he did not go there”
“It is worrisome that the first governor of the state had to die so cheaply because there was nothing in the health facility close to where he lived and that is one of the issues we are addressing.”
When call was put through to the Commissioner of Health, Hon. Rafiu Isamotu the number was out of reach.Please Follow Us @ThePageNg