Members of the National Association of Government General Medical and Dental Practitioners (NAGGMDP), Kwara branch, on Monday embark on seven days warning strike action across the 16 local Government area of the state.
Dr. Saka Agboola, Chairman of the association stated this during a news conference at the sidelines of an emergency Congress by the association in Ilorin.
Agboola explained that the association had been patient and given series of ultimatum to the state government concerning their agitation on members welfare.
He observed that as much as it is painful for the executives to reach such decision, the congress has, however, unanimously agreed on a seven days warning strike action.
According to him, this is to give room for engagement with the government on some of their agitation including good conditions of service, especially in the payment of new renumeration to the members of the union.
“We are not a form of pressure group, but it has gotten to a point that the wellbeing of doctors in Kwara has to be seriously looked into.
“We have responsibilities to our families, our neighbours and even to our patients. There is need to remunerate the doctors to get efficient output.
“This is the more reason why we have engaged several fora at very opportunity to resolve our demands, but it is unfortunate that at the expiration of the ultimatum given, we have not being able to reach a comfortable agreement,” he said.
Agboola reiterated that the one week strike action will afford the government opportunity to re-engage the association.
Reacting to the development, Mr Sa’ad Aluko, the Director General (DG) of the Kwara State Hospital Management Bureau observed that the government has been making effort to resolve the demands of the doctors.
He stated that it is only a question of time, adding that the state government met with the leadership of the association to look at ways to reach a resolution.
According to him, the state government has already agreed to 70 per cent increase out of the 100 per cent that is being agitated by the association.
“Based on the total algorithm and internally generated revenue, everything has to be looked into,” he said.
Aluko disclosed that the state government had setup committee to look at a balance between what is being requested for and what is on ground.
He added that the government is also confronted with various agitation for the Nigeria Labour Union and must strike a balance, while assuring that government had employed additional healthcare workers in the state hospital.