Ekiti State Government on Thursday begged resident doctors at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital in the state capital, Ado-Ekiti, to reconsider their ongoing strike.
The doctors embarked on a strike on Thursday to protest the delay in the payment of their June salary.
In a statement by the Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr. Oyebanji Filani, and his information and Values Orientation counterpart, Akin Omole, the state government urged the resident doctors to reconsider their stance.
It reads: “It has come to the attention of the Government of Ekiti State that the Association of Resident Doctors, Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH), Ado Ekiti has commenced an indefinite strike, reportedly premised on the unusual delayed payment of the June salary.
This development is a source of concern, but we nonetheless appreciate the understanding of all government workers, especially our health workers, during this fiscally challenging time.
Considering we are still knee-deep in fighting the COVID 19 pandemic, all medical and health practitioners are advised to remain calm and dedicated to duty, while efforts are being put in place to amicably resolve this issue as quickly as possible.
The management of EKSUTH is hereby directed to ensure there is hitch-free service delivery while the Government continues to work closely with the Association of Resident Doctors and other relevant stakeholders to resolve this issue.
Strike actions can be counterproductive, especially in the health sector. We therefore appeal to the striking workers to reconsider their position, and continue to engage the government on how best to resolve this industrial dispute.
The Government of Ekiti State wishes to state clearly that the welfare of the health and medical workers in the state is a major priority of the Dr. Kayode Fayemi led Administration.
To further assure the good people of Ekiti State of better healthcare service delivery, we have embarked on massive renovation of both primary and secondary health facilities across the state, adequately equipping them with modern medical equipment and supplies which also provide conducive working environment for our health workers.
We remain committed to protecting the health of all indigenes and residents of Ekiti State while ensuring that workers are duly remunerated for their selfless service.