Patients in public hospitals in Ekiti State have been evacuated to private hospitals following the indefinite strike embarked on by doctors in the state.
It was gathered that doctors in the 19 general hospitals, three specialist hospitals and 100 health care centres vowed that the strike would continue as long as the government was unwilling to meet their demands.
The doctors, under the auspices of the National Association of Government General Medical and Dental Practitioners (NAGGMD), on June 30 withdrew their services, after exhausting 28 days ultimatum issued to the government, in protest against alleged wage disparity, unpaid backlog of allowances, among others.
Addressing reporters on the strike, NAGGMDP Chairman Dr. Kolawole Adeniyi said the doctors were left with no option but to embark on the strike following government’s failure to respond to their demands.
He said efforts by the doctors to persuade the government to improve their welfare had not yielded result in the last 10 years.
Adeniyi said the recently-unveiled health insurance scheme by Governor Fayemi would achieve no result without a well- motivated personnel and adequately equipped facilities across the 16 local governments.