Activities at all government health facilities across Ondo town were on Tuesday paralyzed as health workers staged a protest against their 5 months unpaid salaries.
The workers in their hundreds including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and a host of others gathered at the specialist hospital Ondo with different placards and leaf branches chanting solidarity songs.
The health workers who abandoned their various duty posts carried placards with various inscriptions including “Pay our salaries” “shall we die before you pay us?” “we are saving lives, pay our salaries and save us from hunger.”
Some of them who spoke with newsmen said lives had become so unbearable as they can no longer feed their families due to their unpaid salaries while the men said they could longer be the good husbands at home again.
Some doctors and nurses from Mother and Child hospitals and Trauma Center said despite their professional contributions to the State medical sector 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 he will discourse with the state governor on how to provide a quick solution so as to pay their salaries.
Some of the patients who had come to mother and child as well as general hospitals were left to their own fate as there were no health workers to attend to them.
The workers, however, vowed to continue the protest until their five months salaries are paid.