Resident Doctors at the Federal Medical centre Owo and UNIMED Akure Annexe in Ondo state have deserted various wards and offices within the facilities in compliance with the directive of the National Association of Resident Doctors NARD, asking its members to proceed on an indefinite strike.
According to the NARD, the strike was necessitated by some critical factors among which are poor working environment in public hospitals, irregular payment of doctors salaries and hazard allowances of N5000 which was last reviewed in 1991.
The doctors were conspicuously absent at the hospitals yesterday which was the first day of the industrial action.
Speaking with Radio Nigeria, the chairman of NARD in Ondo state, Dr Tope Olatilu said members would not renege on the strike action until the Federal government implemented the agreements it entered with the union after before suspending the previous strike.
Dr Olatilu said it was disheartening that government was being insensitive to their plights as well as the health of Nigerians.