Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso Chapter of the Association of Resident Doctors, have pleaded with Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, to pay them their salaries in full like other health workers in the state.
The plea was contained in a statement issued on Saturday and signed by President of the association, Dr. Sebastine Oiwoh, and its General Secretary, Dr. Ayobami Alabi.
The doctors said they were surprised at why they were singled out to receive half salary.
The statement said, “We beckon on the listening ears and tender heart of our Governor Abiola Ajimobi, not to single our members out amidst other health workers in the Oyo state civil service. All other doctors and health workers in the state civil service are receiving full salary.
“They have been paid full salaries from January to March 2016, while we received half of the payments made. We want to appeal the recently implemented decision to pay only doctors and other staff of LAUTECH Ogbomoso 50 per cent of our salary after being owed for seven months.”
The association appreciated they government for its effort at equipping some hospitals but it said the equipment were not enough and would make it difficult to train medical students in the hospital in the future.
The statement further said, “It has also reneged on the installation of some essential equipment, delivery of equipment by contractors and completion of infrastructure to match the blue print of the hospital. The university, in future, won’t be able to train medical students who would become medical doctors as accreditation would be lost from paucity of needed specialists.
“The masses and entire citizenry would have been denied this dividend of democracy and good governance and this implies worsened health indices, decimated productivity and by implication, a poorer economy in this period of recession.”
Okegbemi Olusoji Festus is an Editor/Creative writer at campustori.com, A digital media Executive and a known Social Media Enthusiast.