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Kwara doctors embark on seven-day warning strike

Medical doctors in Kwara State have embarked on a seven-day warning strike to emphasize their demands for improved condition of services. The strike, spearheaded by the National Association of Government General Medical and Dental Practitioners (NAGGMDP), Kwara branch, cuts across the 16 local government areas of the state.

The strike was announced on Monday, by the chairman of the association, Dr Saka Agboola,  after an emergency congress.

Agboola said that the association had been patient enough for government to respond to the welfare of members of the association.

According to him, though it was a painstaking decision,  the congress has unanimously agreed on a seven-day warning strike action.

He further explains that the industrial action is to give room for engagement with the government on some of their agitations which includes; good conditions of service, especially in the payment of new remuneration to the members of the union.

“We are not a pressure group, but it has gotten to a point that the well-being of doctors in Kwara has to be seriously looked into.

“We have responsibilities to our families, our neighbour’s 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 at every 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.

According to Agboola the one-week strike action would afford the government opportunity to re-engage the association in negotiation.

In an affirmative response, the Director General of the Kwara State Hospital Management Bureau, Mr Sa’ad Aluko, said that government had been making effort to resolve the demands of the doctors.

Aluko also stated that it was only a question of time before their demands would be met.

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.

“The state government has setup a committee to look at a balance between what is being requested for and what is on ground.

“Government is also confronted with various agitation from the Nigeria Labour Union but we must strike a balance,” he said.

Aluko, however, said that government had employed additional healthcare workers in the state hospitals.

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