By Gbenga Olarinoye
Medical services in the Osun State government health institutions have been paralysed following a three-week old industrial strike embarked upon by the Osun State Association of Medical and Dental Officers, OSAMDO, to press home their demand for the implementation of Consolidated Medical Salary Structure, COMESS.
The situation was compounded as the state sister health institution, the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital LAUTECH, Osogbo was also locked in ownership crisis between Osun and Oyo state governments leading to workers in the hospital abandoning their duties.
Some patients who could not afford to patronize private hospitals for the diagnosis and treatment of their ailments have resorted to the use of alternative medicines.
The association in a statement by its chairman, Dr Edward Olomola and secretary, Dr T.O. Saibu stated that it was only in Osun State that was yet to implement COMESS for doctors in Nigeria.
Similarly, the association warned that the health care services in the state would continue to be in poor shape if its workforce was poorly remunerated, adding that the state government had the capacity to implement the salary structure like its counterparts in the South West.
But the state government has appealed to the striking health workers to call off their strike and resume work immediately while the government is looking critically into their demands.
The state governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola who spoke through one of his aides, Mr Gbenga Fayemiwo, stated that the crisis between the state government and the health workers was one of the problems inherited from the past administration.
“It is the belief of Governor Aragbesola that every worker in the state deserves a leaving wage. This government believes that the hands that work must eat and will want to appeal to the workers to go back to their work in the interest of the innocent citizens of the state,” he said.