Ondo faces mass resignation of doctors

The Ondo State public service is facing mass resignation of medical doctors, with about 150 of them having put in their papers in the last one year.

The doctors said they are resigning over backlog of unpaid salaries by the state government.

The state chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), who disclosed this, reinforced the implications and consequences of the mass resignation of its members from the government’s workforce.

The group insisted that from their records, 150 doctors left the state’s service in the last one year.

A statement signed by both the NMA State Chairman, Dr. Stella Adegbehingbe, and State Secretary, Dr. Olorunfemi Owa, stated that the exodus of the doctors from the workforce was due to the trend of irregular and percentage payment of salaries by the state government.

The association explained that some departments in the state-owned teaching hospital, which could hitherto boast of between six and eight doctors, are now left with either one or two doctors.

They said with the situation, it would be impossible for the hospital to function at a minimum acceptable level.

According to the statement; “Ondo State has not been able to engage requisite numbers of house officers since 2019. This has made our work almost impossible because this group of doctors have a peculiar role in health service delivery.

“It is troubling to note that only three house officers are left in the service of the Ondo State Government across the three senatorial zones.”

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