By Austin Ogwuda
FIFTEEN Medical Doctors who were recently sacked for embarking on strike in the State have been recalled on a passionate ground.
An official statement from the State Ministry of Health, said that “Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan decided to pardon the doctors because of intercessions from well meaning Deltans who appealed to him to temper justice with mercy and having also considered a letter of apoloty by the doctors to their management”.
Incidentally, Governor Uduaghan is a medical doctor by profession.
Delta State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Joseph Otumara had told the press recently after an Executive Council meeting (Exco) that the Exco had ratified the sack of the doctors who went on strike to protest the introduction of signing the attendance register among other grievances.
The strike which lasted for nearly three weeks almost crippled the health sector but for the quick intervention of the Health Commissioner who mobilized NYSC doctors and Consultants to keep the hospitals going.
The Health Commissioner had while on monitoring tour of state hospitals during the strike threatened that “the State Government has adopted the policy of no work no pay for all categories of doctors in government-owned hospitals currently on strike, under the name Association of Government General Medical and Dental Practitioners.
“The Government equally said all unconfirmed doctors joining the strike action have by such act terminated their appointment with the Hospital Management Board (HMB)”
The doctors later called off the strike after a meeting at Ughelli.