The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Osun State has ordered its members to proceed on an immediate 7-day warning strike.
Members of the group declared the strike after an emergency general meeting held in Osun State.
The 7-day warning strike is coming after the expiration of the 21-day ultimatum issued to the Osun State government by the doctors in the state and after what they termed failure of the Osun State government to accede to their demands.
NMA chairman in Osun State, Dr Tokunbo Olajumoke said the 7-day warning strike is to commence immediately because the 21-day ultimatum issued to the state government to look into the pending issues raised by the doctors has expired.
Directing that all doctors stop clinical activities immediately, Olajumoke explained that the 7-day warning strike is to allow the government to call for a meeting with the doctors and reach a truce in the interest of all parties involved.
Meanwhile, the Osun State Commissioner for Health, Dr Rafiu Husamotu has appealed to the doctors to be patient with the state government as their requests are being looked into.
He said the government is committed to providing quality healthcare for the masses as well as ensure the health caregivers are well renumerated.
Among other demands, the doctors are calling for the state government’s intervention into the issue of nonpayment of CONMESS salary scale, over taxation, mutilated and outstanding salaries of the doctors.