Nigerian Resident Doctors Go On Strike

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Earlier in the day, the state Commissioner for Health, Bashir Bello, had earlier told BBC Yoruba that the state doctors had not ruled out the possibility of appointment. Bello said the doctors had asked the Oyo state government to do everything for them and this had led to a long relationship between them. As a result, he explained, the doctors did not join their struggling colleagues in Nigeria. According to him, "the health system is very important to this government and as a result, no doctors have resigned in Oyo State and fewer working patients are being treated in government hospitals." "During this corona pandemic, the Oyo State governor allocated a large sum of money to the UCH hospital, which highlighted the benefits people were receiving from the government, hence they had no reason to resign." But Dr Zakariau Temitope Hussein was wrongly accused of being anti-government by the government when BBC Yoruba contacted the president of the Union of Doctors at the UCH Ibadan Federal Hospital. Hussein said that although some other doctors were still working, they had been appointed as colleagues across Nigeria. "Our local doctors have resigned, but there are still some so-called 'consultants' in the hospital," he said. Hussein added: "Our members at the UCH and LAUTECH hospitals have resigned and I don't know what the health system commissioner is talking about." Doctors' unions have staged protests across Nigeria after accusing the federal government of violating their rights. They also asked the government to provide some benefits during the Covid-19 epidemic, but the government refused to comply with their demands.

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