Doctors in Kogi state have embarked on an indefinite strike over the governor’s perceived gross management of the Covid-19 pandemic in the state. The doctors who are of the opinion that the Governor has seriously downplayed the seriousness of the virus embarked on the strike to show their grievances.
This is coming barely a day after suspected thugs attacked the Federal Medical centre in the stte destroying properties worth millions of naira.
The decision by the doctors was taken in a meeting on Wednesday, the doctors said that the action was necessitated by the prevailing insecurity foisted on the Federal Medical Centre by armed thugs and the poor management of COVID-19 pandemic by the Governor Yahaya Bello-led administration.
In a communique announcing the strike and signed by seven health workers’ associations, they jointly expressed regret that aside the violent attack on workers, all vital equipment needed for their day-to-day work had been carted away by the hoodlums who stormed the top government hospital.
The union leaders also said they were totally withdrawing services across the board pending when their grievances are met.
They were also quick to demand adequate provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) for their members as a precondition for calling off the strike.
Part of their demands also include the validation of COVID-19 status of the Accident and Emergency Unit staff, who were on self-isolation, expansion of triangle points and provision of testing facilities (PCR machine).
Governor Yahaya Bello has not yet responded to their demands and the state is yet to issue a statement on the development.