The Nigeria Medial Association (NMA), Osun State branch has accused members of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) of harassing medical doctors who were doing their jobs at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex (OAUTHC), Ile-Ife, Osun State.
Addressing a press conference at the NMA Secretariat in Osogbo, the state capital, the Chairman of the association, Dr Tokunbo Olajumoke said the doctors were ready to work and provide proper healthcare services to patients and cautioned the striking JOHESU members to desist from intimidating doctors.
Olajumoke said the JOHESU members were violent in the manner they were going about their strike as they were desperate to create the impression that it was impossible for the hospital to exist without them. He lamented that the JOHESU members in the hospital locked up critical facilities that the doctors need to work with just to frustrate the doctors.
The NMA chairman said the doctors would continue to do their jobs and render healthcare services to the people regardless of the JOHESU strike. He urged the management of the hospital to provide adequate security for the doctors in the hospital to enable them do their jobs.
Also, in a press statement jointly signed by the NMA Chair and secretary, Dr Olalekan Ajayi, the association said it is not opposed to salary increment as being agitated by JOHESU but noted that granting such request will warrant similar fresh demand for salary increment by doctors too.
According to the statement, "The government is reminded of the January 2014 agreement that any increment in CONHESS salary scale must be followed by a corresponding adjustment in the CONMESS scale."
"JOHESU members should conduct themselves in an honourable manner as other members of the society when there is an industrial dispute and submit all the government belongings in their care to those who are willing to use them for the benefit of the masses."
"The management of OAUTHC should without further delay provide adequate security to prevent the breakdown of law and order by this violent group of hospital aides and assistants."
"That tentatively, ad-hoc staff should be temporarily employed to assist in the smooth running at the OAUTHC, Ile-Ife pending the resolution of the ongoing quagmire."
Reacting, to the accusation NMA Osun branch, the National Media Officers of JOHESU, Mr Godwin Ogbonna said the doctors lied and that members of his union did not attack or harass any doctor at OAUTHC.
By: Hameed Oyegbade, Osogbo
Daily Trust News
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