Medical doctors under the aegis of Association of Medical and Dental Officers (AMDO) in Osun state, who have been on a seven month strike, have on Sunday, suspended the industrial action and are set to report for duty on Monday April 5th.
The Chairman of the Association, Dr. Isiaka Adekunle who confirmed the suspension of the strike in Osogbo, told newsmen that their decision to resume work was in response to appeals from well-meaning people of the state even though the government was yet to meet any of their demands.
The association would continue to dialogue with the government, however, as Adekunle appealed to the government to keep to its promises by not victimizing its members who participated in the strike.
The Osun State medical practitioners, want a promise from the government that none of our members will be victimized for participating in the strike, while believing government will keep to its side of agreement while they keep to theirs.
Adekunle explains that the association took the decision to call off the strike at its Annual General Meeting held on March 30, saying the Speaker of the State Assembly, Najeem Salaam and some other people prevailed on them to call off the strike.
The striking doctors also observed that the people who are at the receiving end of our strike are the masses who can only access health care from state owned hospitals, and thereforemunanimously agreed at their AGM that the strike be suspended despite the fact that none of their demands had yet been met by the government.
Dr. Adekunle speaking on behalf of the association prayed for good fortune for the state and the nation as a whole, adding that when the economy of the state improves, government will have no choice than to answer their demands.