By Temitope Adedeji, Akure
The Association of Resident Doctors at the Federal Medical Centre Owo has embarked on a 14-day warning strike over the shortage and overstretched medical personnel at the health facility.
In a communique made available to KaftanPost correspondent specifically at the late hour of Tuesday, by the President of the association, Dr Olaopa Olutobi and the Secretary, Ibrahim T.I, the body stressed that the needful has to be done to improve the working conditions of the medical centre
” Ladies and gentlemen, we have again come to the crossroads as concerning the issue of burnouts being faced by our members because of the dire shortage of Resident Doctors in Federal Medical Center, Owo.
” To make matters worse, our local challenges which if addressed would have gone a long way to pacify and encourage our members, as previously communicated to the management on several occasions were treated with levity.
The Entire congress of the Association unanimously resolved that this is longer acceptable and has made a decision today 16th August, 2022 to proceed on a warning strike action that is to commence by 12 Noon of 17th August, 2022.
Don’t be surprised if this decision is predictably followed by threats from the hospital management which will further worsen the resolve of this honourable congress who have continued to work under dire stressful conditions and has continually pursued a more diplomatic means to resolve these matters but met dead ends with no hope in sight.
This resolve is absolute and can only be re-considered through more comforting responses and serious attention from the hospital management.
I call upon you all to be steadfast and resolute in the face of all provocations that may follow because he who is down fears no fall. History will definitely say we did the best we could to better the health system in Nigeria.
We appeal to patients and members of the public to bear with us on this decision as it is aimed at ensuring better health delivery in Owo and beyond.
Again, on the behalf of the president, I wish to thank you all for your indefatigable efforts in keeping the hospital services afloat all these while.
May God heal our dear country, Nigeria.