*As final year medical students bankroll eye surgeries
Inspite of Wednesday’s warning strike by members of Association of Residents Doctors (ARD) University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) chapter, over alleged unpaid allowances, normal activities at the hospital went on unhindered.
The local ARD members who went around the hospital’s premises peacefully displaying placards with some inscriptions, urged the management under the leadership of the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the hospital Professor A. W. Olatinwo to effect prompt payment of the allowances
The event coincided with the free eye surgeries bankrolled by the final year medical students of the University of Ilorin for some indigent patients of the hospital.
The local ARD President, Dr Ige said the allowances in question remained “the rights” of the doctors and should therefore be promptly paid by the management of the UITH.
But Olatinwo noted that the management would not act contrary to the directives of the Federal Government owner of the hospital on the payment of the ARD members, especially those connected with “Salaries and Wages. “
The CMD in his reactions urged the doctors to respect the sanctity of life and amicably resolve issues bordering on wages especially in line with laid down rules on wage structures by their employers.
Olatinwo praised the final year medical students for their kind gestures bankrolling the eye surgeries just as he admonished them on the need to be studious and compassionate while practicing their profession.
Meanwhile, the Consultants at the UITH have pledged full discharge of their duties in spite of the warning strike. Besides, other health workers of the hospital have equally promised adequate discharge of their duties.