UNIMEDTH management condemns attack on doctor, says strike unnecessary

The Management of University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital, Ondo, has faulted the assault on one of its doctors by a relative of a patient.

The Chief Medical Director of the Hospital, Dr. Oluwole Ige also condemned the decision of the Resident Doctors to embark on a two-day warning strike over the attack on their colleague.

Ige who spoke with journalists, said the strike is uncalled for since the matter has been resolved.

The doctors had proceeded on a warning strike to kick against the way one of their colleagues was assaulted.

But the CMD wondered why the doctors went on strike when the culprit has been arrested by Amotekun operatives who came to salvage the situation.

He said, “‘It is wrong for relative of any patient to attack any health worker. It is not only barbaric, but senseless.

“The man who assaulted the doctor has been arrested by the Amotekun operatives and will be charged to court any moment from now.

“But the management is not pleased with the decision of the doctors to go on a warning strike.

“Their decision is wrong and not good for the health system. The management is not happy with the development”, he said.

Ige also punctured the argument that the hospital is understaffed, saying the problem is not peculiar to Ondo state.

He said Nigeria is currently battling with mass exodus of health workers which Ondo is not an exception.

“The problem of understaffing is not peculiar to Ondo State and is not just among the Dr Cadre alone.

It’s almost approaching a Pandemic magnitude in Nigeria. We are slightly more affected because we had a peculiar challenge that is being addressed.
At least salary over the last 3months has been 100% and regular.

“Everyday there are adverts for ‘urgent’ employment of medical officers and nurses. We have over 100 constitutional vacancies to fill that we are not getting professionals to take up.


“There is currently a lot of movement of juniors and young doctors and nurses out of our facilities and out of the country.

“Someone said those who remain are likely those who have failed in their tries and are frustrated.
That does not now mean that at the slightest opportunity the system must be disrupted.

“The government cannot change the brain drain. Human will move across work and geography and civilization has been born on this concept.

“As a society let us make the best of what we have and we can.”