Association of Resident Doctors, Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso, in Oyo, has sounded out the state government why it may turn out inferior medical doctors.
Dr. Sebastine Oiwoh and Dr. Ayobami Alabi, president and general secretary of the association, stated their reasons in a statement.
The association says the government has reneged on its promise to fund residency training, and “the installation of some essential equipment, delivery of equipment by contractors and completion of infrastructure to match the blue print of the hospital”.
“The university, in future, won’t be able to train medical students who would become medical doctors as accreditation would be lost from paucity of needed specialists.
“The masses and entire citizenry would have been denied this dividend of democracy and good governance and this implies worsened health indices, decimated productivity and by implication, a poorer economy in this period of recession.”
The crux of the association’s concern is the payment of half salaries to its members. It urged the government to pay their full salaries as it has been done medical and health professions in similar facilities.
“We beckon on the listening ears and tender heart of our Governor Abiola Ajimobi, not to single our members out amidst other health workers in the Oyo state civil service. All other doctors and health workers in the state civil service are receiving full salary.
“They have been paid full salaries from January to March 2016, while we received half of the payments made. We want to appeal the recently implemented decision to pay only doctors and other staff of LAUTECH Ogbomoso 50 per cent of our salary after being owed for seven months,” the statement said.