The Ekiti state government reportedly has only seven doctors operating under the umbrella of the National Association of Government General and Medical Dental Practitioners (NAGGMDP).
The association which reacted to Governor Kayode Fayemi’s threat of invoking the “no work, no pay” rule over the continuous strike by doctors in the state, insisted that they embarked on the strike to save the primary and secondary health care sector in the state from total collapse.
They also revealed that among other things, they are protesting against wage disparity, shortage of manpower and unpaid backlog of allowances.
In a statement released by the association’s chairman and secretary, Kolawole Adeniyi and Toyese Adeleye respectively, they alleged that there are only seven doctors working in 131 health centres in the state.
Parts of the statement read;
“It is not only a moral burden on us but also a clarion call.
“It is for the sake of the innocent people of Ekiti State, who unfortunately are at the receiving end.
“For the avoidance of doubt, at the primary health care level, there are a total of seven doctors working in 131 health centres.
“Government’s claim that it has in its employ over 300 doctors and cumulatively 700 doctors in Ekiti State is an obvious digression from the point.
“The primary and secondary levels of care are suffering obvious neglect.
“We appeal to respected sons and daughters of Ekiti as well as other stakeholders to intervene and save the sector from total collapse”.