Activities at all government health facilities across Ondo town were paralysed as health workers staged a protest against their five months unpaid salaries.
The workers in their hundreds, including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, laboratory scientists, and records officers gathered at the Specialist Hospital, Ondo, with different placards, chanting solidarity songs.
Some of them who spoke to Nigerian Pilot correspondent said life had become so unbearable as they could no longer feed their families due to their unpaid salaries while the men said they could no longer be the good husbands at home again.
Some doctors and nurses from Mother and Child Hospital and Trauma Centre said despite their professional contributions to the medical village, which had accorded it international recognition, the state government had refused to pay their wages.
The workers later moved en-mass to the palace of the paramount ruler of Ondo, Oba Victor Kiladejo, to further express their grievances
Addressing the worried health workers, Oba Kiladejo explained that he felt their pains and discomforts, and that he would discuss with the governor on how to pay their salaries as quick as possible.
Some of the patients who had come to mother and child and general hospital were left to their own fate, as there were no health workers to attend to them, including the emergency units at various hospitals in the town.
The workers vowed to continue the protest until their five months salaries were paid.
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Source:: Nigerian Pilot