Ogun Government Insensitive To Our Plight, Resident Doctors Cry Out - THE ENCOUNTER NEWS

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Ogun Government Insensitive To Our Plight, Resident Doctors Cry Out


Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji
ABEOKUTA - Association of Resident Doctors, Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu chapter has lampooned Ogun State government for using kid gloves to the unbearable working condition of resident doctors in the state.

The association made this known on Monday in a press release jointly signed by its President and Secretary, Dr. Osikoya Oludotun and Dr. Ajose Oluwafemi, a copy made available to THE ENCOUNTER NEWS in Abeokuta. 

The resident doctors who have embarked on indefinite strike, explained that, the enormous persistent decline in workforce over the past several years has resulted to frequent breakdown in health of the workers and risk of avoidable errors in the discharge of their duties, leading to poor care of the patients and litigation for some doctors.

The resident doctors added that, after the resignation of many resident doctors who participated in the professional examinations few years back, the state government has failed to employ new doctors to replace them. 

The resident doctors equally claimed that, few of the available doctors on duty lacked time for adequate training of younger doctors and medical students because all the time available is left to survive the hectic working conditions.

They however, expressed displeasure over the ineptitude of the administrative panel constituted by Governor Abiodun to proffer solution to the challenges facing the teaching hospital. 

"We are aware that his excellency set up an administrative panel to look into the matters of the Teaching Hospital, which we hope they are working on as expected, but it appears their focus is on long term infrastructure, with no clear regard for the present discharge of health care to the citizens of Ogun State, OOUTH being the only state-owned tertiary institution in the State.

"There has been enormous persistent decline in workforce over the past several years which has been left unreplaced. The reason for this is not clear, since the we have been informed that the last administration gave a caveat to the management that the wage bill must not exceed a certain value which has been maintained unchanged.

"Therefore, when resident doctors pass their professional exams and exit the system, or decides to resign and relocate for other reasons, it is logical to expect that their salaries should be available to pay workers who are employed to replace them. So why is the replacement not done? This is more surprising when we note that the patient load has increased remarkably over the past few years."

The release reads further that, "we have engaged the hospital management on many occasions without clear reprieve, since it appears to be beyond their reach. We have also met on several occasions with the representatives of the state government both in the previous and current administrations. The inertia is really disturbing. We sincerely want to take care of our patients; we don’t want poor outcomes. 

"Our fundamental plea to the state government is that it is of emergent need to immediately replace the many resident doctors who have exited the system over the past few years. And we wonder why there is such unresponsiveness, when we hear again and again that the salary subvention remains unchanged."

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