The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun,  has  appealed to the striking members of the Resident Doctors of the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital,(OOUTH), Sagamu, to call off the strike in the interest of Nigerians,Abiodun, made the passionate appeal while receiving reports of the administrative panel to the tertiary health institution,  headed by Dr. Yemi Onabowale.The governor lamented that the doctors embarked on the industrial action without due consultation with government.The resident doctors embarked on the strike following what they described as ”enormous persistent decline in workforce”.Among the grievances of the  medical practitioners  were  poor condition of service as well as alleged reduction in workforce which it said had taken  toll on  members.

While dismissing the notion that the actions of the doctors compelled government to announce  recruitment of new doctors, the governor said; ” I was quite relieved when we received an interim recommendation that we should commence the recruitment of medical personnel, amongst which are the resident doctors that we have being agitating”. So,we were quite relieved  that the go ahead was from you and that was why we did not waste time in its implementation.” I understand that unfortunately, the announcement of that recommendation from you was carried out around the same time when the doctors themselves had commenced a strike action which is most unfortunate,because it now appeared as if it was their action that generated our reaction which is not the case, the committee had recommended to us a day before the resident doctors embarked on their strike action,” “I am hoping to see the resident doctors have a change of heart and call off their industrial action to tend to their primary responsibility of saving lives, as government is poised to continue to listen to their plight and take the institution meant to be a breading ground for doctors back to its glory days”, he said.Earlier in his response, the chairman of the panel, Dr. Onabowale thanked the governor for giving them the opportunity to contribute their quota to the overall development of the once highly rated teaching hospital.He expressed delight that  the governor approved the immediate appointment of  82 resident doctors and other medical personnel for the teaching hospital.Despite the neglect they had suffered over the years, he also commended members of staff, adding that the committee is confident the future of the  hospital is bright if their recommendations were fully implemented.The panel  had Dr. Folabi Ogunlesi, Dr. Kehinde Ololade, Alhaji Wasiu Lawal, Prince Femi Akinwunmi, Mr. Olumide Obube and Mr. Akinola Adekunle as members,while Dr. Solomon Sokunbi served as the secretary.

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