Medical operations have been shut down by nurses, and members of the Ondo State chapter of the National Association of Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria, at the State Specialist Hospital, Ikare in protest over unpaid salaries and entitlements.
The protesting nurses expressed their grievances at the leadership of the hospital over its insensitivity towards their plight in the facility, more specifically for refusing to pay their salaries and bonuses since November 2015 till date.
At the protest, vehicular movements were barred and individuals prevented from entering the hospital, while the nurses chanted solidarity songs for many hours at the hospital entrance.
Many of the protesting nurses alleged that the Accountant General of the government hospital, Dr. Aminu Kamila, had absconded with their salaries and bonuses.
Chairman of the nurses in the hospital, Kolawole Ezekiel, also confirmed that the Accountant General had absconded with the protesting nurses’ salaries.
They jointly called for Dr. Kamila to be sanctioned and removed from his position by the State government.
The Accountant General of the hospital who is reportedly on the run with the health workers salaries, no longer comes to the office and is accused of theft.
The nurses lament that since November last year, their salaries and bonuses have not been paid, adding that every day, it’s been promise upon promises, and that they are now tired and feel cheated out of their rights.
Mr. Ezekiel said the Accountant General has been reported several times to the Director of Nursing Services in the Ministry of Health, but nothing had been done, which is why they decided to shut down operations and services today at the hospital facility to show our displeasure towards the leadership.