The striking resident doctors of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital (COOUTH), Awka have rejected the minimum wage offer presented to them by the Anambra State Government.
They insisted instead to continue the indefinite strike action which they embarked upon on May 13, 2019.
Conveying their response to the government’s message to the members during its congress held in Awka, the president of the association, Dr. Obinna Aniagboso said the government offered to pay them the newly approved minimum wage which, he said would amount to N12,000 increment to all Anambra State civil servants as soon as the national guidelines were released.
According to Aniagboso, Governor Willie Obiano during the meeting with him expressed dissatisfaction with the poor payment of salaries and admitted that it was due to low Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), and that the governor promised to revisit resident doctors’ salaries issue in a year’s time when the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) may have improved.
The visibly angry doctors expressed shock and disappointment at the minimum wage offer, wondering why COOUTH doctors should be neglected for long, and insisted that full payment of their salary should commence from April 2019, as agreed to by government representatives.
They maintained that they would no longer accept 40% of their salary, sad that they were languishing in penury with no progress in their residency training, which is why many doctors keep leaving and the hospital.
They also condemned what they described as devious tactics and insincerity of the hospital management and passed a unanimous resolution to continue the indefinite strike until demands were met.
They said :”We are continuing with the strike action pending the implementation of 100% of CONMESS as obtained elsewhere. Let government approve grant- In-service training for all qualified medical