OOUTH Resident Doctors to Call off Strike: Governor Dapo Abiodun has given resident doctors at the Olabisi Onabanjo university teaching hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu, a 48 hours ultimatum, to call off their strike.
He warns the striking doctors that they will face the consequence of the strike if they fail to return to the hospital wards at the expiration of the deadline.
Abiodun issues the deadline after receiving the report of a panel of inquiry set up to investigate the situation in the teaching hospital and recommends measure to reposition it.
The governor expresses concern over the strike, saying it is self-motivated.
The resident doctors embarked on the strike last Tuesday, complaining of being overworked due to acute shortage of doctors, which they claimed had resulted in the hospital losing accreditation for the postgraduate programme.
Hours later, the governor ordered immediate recruitment of doctors, pharmacists, nurses, and other health workers into all departments in the hospital facing a shortage of manpower.
Meanwhile, the panel of inquiry into the deplorable conditions in the teaching hospital has recommended the recruitment of 82 resident doctors to solve the manpower crisis in the hospital.
The panel chairman, doctor Yemi Onabowale, also calls for the inclusion of private participation in running of tertiary health institutions in the state.
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