By Ola Ajayi
IBADAN —TO prevent the spread of cholera epidemic, doctors in Oyo State have hurriendly called off their ongoing strike.
Prior to the suspension of the strike, patients who had patronized the state hospitals had to go to private hospitals for treatment. The suspension was disclosed by the Chairman of the Association of Medical and Dental Officers, Dr. Jeremiah Simire, yesterday.
Explaining the rationale that led to the suspension of the strike, he said it came after the mediatory role played by the Nigeria Medical Association.
The doctors had embarked on strike after they had tried fruitlessly to make the government pay them the Consolidated Medical Salary Scale.
They also called for the withdrawal of obnoxious tax and reinforcement of the medical staff by giving appointment to more qualified ones to reduce the burden. Dr. Simire had earlier said the poor take-home pay of doctors in the state had become worrisome and that the government had to do something to bridge the gap.
He claimed that the salaries of doctors in the state were the least when compared with their counterparts in the neighbouring states.