PRESS RELEASE BY THE ASSOCIATION OF RESIDENT DOCTORS, LAUTECH TEACHING HOSPITAL, OGBOMOSO.
ISOLATED PERCENTAGE SALARY DEBACLE: RECIPE FOR WORSENED HEALTH INDICES IN OYO STATE
We appreciate the effort of the Oyo state government ably led by our father, the ever listening and indefatigable Executive Governor of the pacesetter State for the foresight the State has in the monumental achievement of establishing LAUTECH Teaching Hospital Ogbomoso.
LAUTECH Teaching Hospital among equals is established on the basis of provision of excellent health care service delivery, training as well as intensive research. As at today this is the only multi-specialist training centre that Oyo State owns, which is involved in the training of medical students and postgraduate medical doctors who intend to be specialists after the compulsory National Youth Service Corps and following the attainment of basic university medical degree. We are proud to say the aim of the state for establishing this hospital is gradually being fulfilled as patient coverage extends beyond Ogbomoso, Oyo State and Nigeria. We have recorded feats at the post graduate eexaminations and the hospital has become centre for internationally collaborated researches.
The Oyo State government has reneged in its promise in the area of funding of residency training, installation of some essential equipment, delivery of equipment by contractors and completion of infrastructures to match the blue print of the hospital.
We want to appeal the recently implemented decision to pay only doctors and other staff of LAUTECH Teaching Hospital Ogbomoso 50% of our salaries (January, February, March 2016) after being owed seven month arrears while mandating the hospital management to pay the remaining 50% salary when the needed facilities, equipment and infrastructures have not been put in place in the five years of the existence of the hospital. This is also to state that all other doctors and health workers in the Oyo Dtate civil service are receiving full salaries. This action we view as unfair on us considering the fact that we render essential, specialist and patient-driven services in a majorly agrarian population. These services save lives and maintain the health of the citizenry who see the hospital as the only hope for anyone no matter the social class.
We beckon on the listening ears and tender heart of our father, the Executive Governor of Oyo State that we should not be singled out amidst other health workers in Oyo State civil service who have been paid full salaries in January, February and March 2016 while we received half of such.
The consequences are too numerous to bear in times like this. This also has far reaching implications on specialist training as, with this action, Oyo state civil service is being depleted of specialists who are already leaving in droves. By this singular action by the State government, in the nearest future, the university won’t be able to train medical students who will become medical doctors as accreditation will be lost from paucity of needed specialists.
The masses and entire citizenry, who through our services are availed the opportunity of affordable, qualitative, basic and specialist care at their doorstep would have been denied this dividend of democracy and good governance. This implies worsen health indices, decimated productivity and by implication a poorer economy in this period of recession.
We are asking well-meaning traditional rulers, religious and political leaders to come to our aid lest the common man suffers much more than has already been suffered.
HEALTH IS WEALTH!
Long live LAUTECH Teaching Hospital Ogbomoso!
Long Live Oyo State!
Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria!
Dr Sebastine Oiwoh
Dr Ayobami Alabi