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Osun Doctors Threaten Strike Over Payment Of Half Salaries

By Austin Edoho
Following the payment of half salaries to doctors by the Osun state government, doctors under the umbrella of the Nigerian Medical Association carried out a public protest on Thursday in the state to emphasize on the need for the government to put a stop to the unwelcome practice.
The protesting doctors who were dressed in branded shirts and lab coats marched from the LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Osogbo to Olaiya and some of the major streets in Osogbo,the Osun state capital.
Chanting some anti-government slogans and songs as they marched through the streets, the doctors lamented the unavailability of drugs and equipment in state government owned hospitals despite the claims of the state that it had spent N10 billion to improve the sector.
The Chairman of the NMA in the state, Dr. Tokunbo Olajumoke, who addressed journalists during the protest blamed the lack of equipment and drugs for the death of former Governor Isiaka Adeleke on April 23.
Olajumoke said Adeleke was not taken to the government hospital very close to his residence because he knew the hospital lacked drugs and equipment to handle emergency cases.
He said the doctors might consider the option of a strike if the protest failed to achieve the desired result.
The NMA chairman said despite that the state government was paying doctors half salaries, the government was deducting full tax from their “amputated salaries.”

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