PRESS CONFERENCE OF THE ASSOCIATION OF RESIDENT DOCTORS, LAUTECH TEACHING HOSPITAL, OGBOMOSO HELD ON 23RD SEPTEMBER, 2016.
Good day noble colleagues, esteemed citizens and gentlemen of the press.
LAUTECH Teaching Hospital Ogbomoso, an independent parastatal of the Oyo State government was established 5 years ago on a tripod stand of training, veritable research and delivery of qualitative, acceptable and accessible health care service. The blueprint is to make her a cynosure and quintessence of these functions. Suffice it to say that the practical structure and function in the hospital runs short of the aim.
The hospital has had to grapple with perennial issues of epileptic payment of salary, incomplete structures, and lack of or failure to deliver the planned equipment. She has also suffered neglect of funding of residency training since inception.
Most recent of the matters bedevilling the hospital is the decision of the Oyo State government to pay 50% salary in January, February and March 2016 to only LAUTECH Teaching Hospital while other Doctors and Health workers in Oyo state get their full salaries.
This decision means the hospital that has over the years suffered inadequate financial backing has been forced to pay 50% of the salary from IGR. The implication of this is inconsiderate hike in cost of health service delivery which will make healthcare unaffordable, not accessible and therefore unacceptable to the citizens.
We rise to say no to such decision that will ultimately spell worsened health indices. This also will mean the future of the medical students will be in jeopardy as well as it causing massive brain drain. We shall continue to raise this alarm until the health of our esteemed citizens is guaranteed and secured.
We hereby call on traditional rulers, political leaders, policy makers and stakeholders to wade in before poverty is worsened leading to increased disease with attendant reduced productivity in this era of recession.
Long live LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso!
Long live Oyo State!
Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria!
Dr Sebastine Oiwoh
Dr Ayobami Alabi