Resident doctors in the employment of Ekiti State Government, led by Governor Ayo Fayose have embarked on strike to press for their four months unpaid salaries. While justifying the strike, the Chairman, Nigerian Medical Association, Ekiti chapter, Dr. John Akinbote said;
“People should come out and speak for the doctors. Our strike action is to press home our demand for the payment of four months salaries being owed our members.
“We are all aware of the fuel scarcity and our children are in schools, we have to pay their school fees and also attend to other bills. People will live better if appropriate things are done.
“Morbidity and mortality have increased as a result of poor health condition of our people. The unpaid salaries are exacerbating the medical conditions of Nigerians and the government must do the needful……
“If we refuse to go on strike, the government will just sleep over this matter. The fight is not about doctors alone, but for all workers. How do people get money to go to work when salaries are not paid? We are talking to ARD on how the salaries can be paid, so that they can return to work.”
Patients at the State hospitals have however been asking for referral to Federal Government hospitals and private hospital in the State.