Oyo labour crisis: Patients lament closure of hospitals …Govt inaugurates committee on salary payment.

Many patients in the various Oyo state owned hospitals have cried out over their inability to access health care provisions across the state due to the industrial action embarked upon by the state civil servants .

Some of the relatives of the patients were found at traditional herb dealers to provide cure to their sick ones following the closure of hospitals.

One of the patients, who identified herself as Salimot, suffering from diabetes and hypertension has called for immediate truce to the government /labour crisis , saying that many might have died untimely as a result of the crisis.

She said on many occasions she visited the Adeoyo Ring Road Hospital with other patients, but nobody to attend to them.

A visit to the Adeoyo state hospitals both at Yemetu and Ring road , Ibadan revealed that all the medical and non-medical staff have stayed away from duty , while all the patients were forced out due to the strike action.

Also, the Mother and Child Maternity hospitals under the Oyo state Hospital Management Board at Moor Plantation and Jericho, Ibadan were deserted yesterday when our reporter visited.

The doors leading into the hospitals were under lock , while all the patients were said to have discharged themselves when they were left unattended.

“Nobody is there,all the doors have been locked. All the medical and non-medical personnel have since stayed away because of the strike “, one old man who was found sitting under the car park at the Mother and Child hospital, Moor Plantation said.

At the state hospital Adeoyo Yemetu , the situation was not different as the wards were empty. For majority of the patients who could not afford the high charges at private hospitals, the traditional herb dealers became the option.

A community leader at Oke-Oloro area of Ibadan, Alhaji Adeyemo Gbadamosi lamented the effect of the strike on the lives of the people , and appealed to the government and labour to end the strike to save the people from untold hardship.

“You are talking of the hospitals , do know how many lives that have gone . The majority of our people are living below poverty level who could not afford to get themselves treated at private hospitals. The government clinics are the saviour for these people . Now, tell me what might have happened to these poor people in the last one month of strike that our hospitals were locked. They will go home and die peacefully in pain. The people cannot afford it if this strike last beyond this moment. It is very dangerous . The government must find lasting solution quickly to save lives,”Gbadamosi said.

Meanwhile,Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, has inaugurated committees on the payment of salaries, pension and education reform initiative.

The governor who was represented by his deputy, Moses Alake-Adeyemo,today while inaugurating the committees at the Executive Chamber of the Governor’s office ibadan, said government remain open to public opinions capable of making the state happier and healthier.

The government/Labour Committee on unpaid salaries, wages and pensions is comprised of 14 members, seven from each sides and it is chaired by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Olalekan Ali while the Director, Establishment Matters will serve as Secretary

The governor said government and labour had a subsisting agreement on payment of salaries and pensions on which government has never reneged.

He said, the agreement on payment of salaries in staggered form was the choice of labour as opposed to government’s earlier proposal to ensure that every worker goes home with a monthly pay no matter how much we receive from the federal allocation.

He stated that the committee has a mandate to submit its report within 10 days, adding that government’s commitment to the transformation and repositioning of the state remains unshaken.

Also, while inaugurating the Committee on the Education Reform Initiative, the governor said the committee is expected to review the education status of the state, the standard of education in the state public secondary schools, generate, collate and analyse memoranda on the participatory management of the state’s public secondary schools.

The committee which is comprised of 31 members, is chaired by the Vice-Chancellor, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Prof. Sulaiman Gbadegesin.

Not minding the distractive and unpleasant twist, misinformation and falsehood peddled about our responsibility and initiative to reposition education in the state, even to the ridiculous and unimaginable stigma of ‘Government of Governor Ajimobi selling public secondary schools, the committee must do its job thoroughly to take education in the state to the next level.

He then said the committee is expected to conclude its exercise within or not later than four weeks starting from today.

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