By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Striking members of the Association of Residents Doctors (ARD), University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan on Sunday said their on going strike is to demand for their rights and not to play politics
President of the association, Dr Dr Zakariyah Hussain stated this in Ibadan while briefing journalists on the allegation by the UCH Chief Medical Director, Professor Jesse Otegbayo that the Residents Doctors are playing politics with their on going strike.
Dr Hussain pointed out that the strike is to among other things enable the UCH Management do the right thing by effecting payment of the association members salaries and their enrollment on Integrated Personal Payroll System (IPPS).
” Our action was not borne out of desire to play politics but germain intention to get what is right done by ensuring payment of our members salaries and their enrollment on Integrated Personal Payroll System (IPPS), he said.
According to Dr Hussain, ” 215 UCH residents doctor are yet to be paid their five months salaries”, and that “these are men with responsibilities who has worked hard in the hospital in their various departments.”
The ARD President stressed, “some of them contracted COVID -19 during the course of their duties and they have to get medication themselves to treat it, they also have dependent relying on them for survival.”
” We are also demanding that the 215 doctors affected should be enrolled on the IPPS platform so that this issue will not re- occurred again.”
He however frowned at the Chief Medical Director’s claim that the UCH striking Resident Doctors are playing politics when in actual fact, live has become unbearable for some of them as a result of the five month salaries UCH management is currently owing them.
New Nigerian recall that the CMD had last Friday reportedly claimed that the doctors had refused to call off their indefinite strike despite management’s plea and intervention of stakeholders as their demands were not peculiar to the UCH but rather national issues.