From Timothy Agbor/OSOGBO
The indefinite strike embarked upon by the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTEC) Teaching Hospital, Ogbomosho, Oyo state, southwest Nigeria has entered its fourth month worsening the plight of patients in the hospital as relatives of the patients have started evacuating them from the hospital.
But this development appeared not to deter the striking medical doctors as they vowed not to resume duties until all their demands are fully met by the Oyo state government.
The association in a release issued by its President and Secretary, Dr Oloyede Taofeek and Dr Oiwoh Sebastine respectively, stated that the last salary collected by any of its members was in December 2013.
The statement reads: “This is causing untold hardship to the health of the most esteemed Ogbomoso community and environ; undergraduates and postgraduate students of LAUTECH, training is affected; researches to serve as benchmark for the care of patients have been put on hold as well.
“This hospital was established to provide specialist care to the people of Ogbomoso and environs and is showing in its three years of existence to be the quintessence of the zenith of health care delivery in Nigeria and worldwide. The good health of the people is our utmost concern and ensuring this is what we like to do.”
Our correspondent reliably gathered that patients especially those in critical condition have started deserting the hospital as medical activities had remained paralysed.
The association therefore called on the government of Oyo state to pay the four months salary to restore normalcy to the hospital.
It also appealed to the state government to provide necessary facilities at the hospital, just as it called for the completion of all uncompleted projects at the hospital.