Medical doctors in the services of Kwara State Government have embarked on seven day warning strike, to press for improved welfare and working conditions.
The medical doctors under the auspices of the National Association of Government General Medical and Dental Practitioners (NAGGMDP), Kwara State branch said the strike action became imperative due to the insensitivity of the government to the plights of their members.
Speaking with newsmen in Ilorin, after a Congress of the association, the Chairman, Dr. Saka Ismail Agboola, said the association had no choice than to embark on the warning strike after several extension of the ultimatum, the last which elapsed on Monday.
He noted that though, the decision was painful but was unanimously agreed upon by the congress to create room for engagement with the government on some of their agitations, which include good conditions of service, especially in the payment of new renumeration to the doctors.
Reacting to the development, Director General of the Kwara State Hospital Management Bureau, Mr Sa’ad Aluko, said government was making efforts to resolve the demands of the doctors.
He said, the state government had already agreed to 70 percent increase out of the 100 percent that was being agitated for by the association and had setup a committee to look at a balance between what was requested for and that which the government offered.