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Doctors in Ogun state declare a three-day warning strike amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Amidst the rampaging corona virus pandemic, Ogun state doctors under the of Association of Resident Doctors, Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH) have declared a three-day warning strike. Dr. Mutiu Popoola, President of the association, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday, May 3. According to reports, the strike was declared after a 21- day ultimatum and another seven-day ultimatum. The strike was on the need for appropriate remuneration for doctors in OOUTH as they battle the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have a human face and we know people are the basis of our practice as medical professionals. We shall, therefore, exclude our members working at COVID-19 isolation centre from joining the strike action. They shall not take part in the strike.  Following the three-day warning strike, we shall review the government’s response and appropriate action shall be taken thereafter. The whole house is very much displeased with the government on issues that bother on our agitations and welfare. We are perturbed with the non-committal response from the government despite repeated calls and letters to get their attention. There has been no commitment whatsoever from the government on the issue of Appropriate Remuneration, Entry Level, New Minimum Wage, Hazard allowance and Life Insurance for our members,” the statement read in part.