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Osogbo – Prof. Solomon Ogunniyi, Provost, College of Health Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (OAU), on Monday warned medical doctors against incessant strikes.

Ogunniyi gave the warning on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the college held at the University in Ile-Ife.

Federal health workers had last Thursday threatened a nationwide indefinite strike from Monday should the Federal Government fail to meet their demands.

The demands include promotion of health professionals from CONHESS 14 to 15 and Presidential Committee Report on harmony in the health sector.

He said that frequent strikes by health workers, especially medical doctors, were capable of paralysing the health delivery system at all levels of government.

Ogunniyi, who blamed the government for its failure to meet crucial demands in the sector, stressed the need for workers to de-emphasise strike as a means of pressing demands.

According to him, doctors must always consider the negative effects of strike on the society but unfortunately things have been turned upside down in this country.

He said that if the nation’s hospitals were adequately funded and equipped, those who usually travelled abroad for medical treatment would look inwards.

Ogunniyi argued that the country had produced qualified and experienced personnel, who could handle most of the ailments for which patients’ sought overseas treatment.

The provost disclosed that the college had produced no fewer than three 3,350 medical personnel in the last 40 years of its existence.

According to him, the figure includes 2,900 medical doctors and 450 dental surgeons.

He said that the college had recorded some feats for making the university the first institution to perform successful surgeries on the separation of Siamese twins and kidney transplant.

“We have performed surgical feats, including the successful separation of conjoined twins, wholly indigenous kidney transplant and cochlear transplant.’’ (NAN)

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