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Many Ogun Doctors Have Left For Greener Pastures Because Of Your Pay, NMA Fires Back Abiodun


Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji
ABEOKUTA - Chairman, Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Ogun State Chapter, Dr. Ismail Lawal has disclosed that many doctors and nurses have deserted the state hospitals as a result of poor pay and bad working facilities.

The NMA Chairman disclosed this on Monday while reacting to a statement credited to the state governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun that the strike embarked upon by the Resident Doctors at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu was irresponsible and politically motivated.

The medical body said it also disappointed and ashamed of the governor for calling its members irresponsible for demanding their rights.

Lawal said many medical practitioners have left the state health sector for better welfare packages in abroad and other federal teaching hospitals in the country.

He maintained that the governor's comment showed that the state is building another 'constituted authority'. 

The NMA chair insisted that the governor should not perceive  payment of salaries as doing the doctors favour, declaring that it was their legitimate rights.  

He fumed at political leaders fond of making doctors begging  for their rights.   
 
He stressed that the resources of the state belong to everyone and must be channeled towards taking care of the needs of the people in the state.  

He said "whoever that is responsible or not responsible, time will tell, because when Prince Dapo Abiodun came, many people have left the system because people have foresight and they think of what is going to come in the future. 

"If you employ and you were able to ensure that you give them better welfare packages, the greener pasture they are seeking for is not abroad this time around. People will leave OOUTH and go to FMC or UCH, among others because they get better pay and they have what is required for them to work in terms of facilities and so on.

"While other states are paying N50,000 for doctors, N30,000 for nurses, Ogun state is paying N10,000 and that N10,000 is not regular, they have not collect anything for April.

"What should be your right should not be begged for, ordinarily doctors shouldn't be asking for money, but that would be in a sane society, where they ensure what belongs to you is given to you.  I have seen different scenarios in Ogun state and until you ask for your right, government will never say that, take it.

"I am ashamed and I am disappointed. It implies that we are already grooming a constituted authority in the state. If you remember very well, we had a governor like that in Oyo state and at the end of the day, history is there to tell us what came after the issue."

He added, "at our level, I believe that any doctor that has  passed through medical school for minimum of six years to get NBBS and NTBH,  that person should have something upstairs to offer.  

"It is unbecoming of political officers to just see you asking for your rights as if they are doing you a favour."
  
The NMA chairman however urged  the governor to implement the recommendations of a  committee set up to look into the crisis at the OOUTH.  

He added, "Sincerely speaking the issues of association of Residents Doctors, OOUTH, these are people requesting for their rights have been lingering and has predated the era of Prince Dapo Abiodun. 

"And I am very sure that if you are to face the issue truly, the Governor met them on industrial action when he came in as governor, and the fact is that in other to honour him, the action was suspended that time. 

"That was what led to establishment of formation of fact finding committee that was sent to OOUTH and I am very sure the  committee should have finished it's  work and submitted a report. 

"The most respectable thing I expect the governor to  have done is to look at that report and implement it because it comprises  brains which I believe he himself can trust with what they will come up with before asking them embark on it."

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