Zimbabwean doctors have filed a lawsuit aimed at compelling the government to beef up coronavirus protection for public hospitals and healthcare workers.

Doctors in Ogun State have lamented the alleged poor treatment they are subjected to by the state government.

They also denied signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the state government over their three-week warning strike.

This was contained in a statement by the President of Association of Resident Doctors, Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Popoola Abiodun, and secretary, Osundara Adewale.

In the statement, the doctors also complained that the payment of their salaries was delayed for the month of April.

It noted that the April allowance of its members working at COVID-19 isolation centre in the state has not been paid.

The PUNCH reports that the doctors had earlier declared a three-day warning strike over alleged poor welfare.

Part of the statement read, “When the government decided to brush aside our calls, we were forced to declare a three-day warning strike. Only then was a meeting called and all the engagements have not shown any commitment to address the fundamental demand.

“As it stands, some people are even misleading the governor by telling him we signed an MOU. Nothing can be far from the truth than this.

“Up till now, all we have heard is that our hazard allowance will be increased by 300 per cent. In plain terms, this is only an increment of N15,000.


“We have therefore resolved to stay at home on weekends and discharge our duties only during the working days of the week because of our concern for the people in these trying times.

“Our members working directly in the COVID–19 treatment centre are left to discharge their duty uninterrupted within this waiting time after which we would reappraise and determine what next.

“We must also say that this set of doctors (our members) working in the COVID–19 treatment centre have not been paid their April allowance, let alone having their May allowance. Yet, they have not been slothful in their duty.

“Our wait is now one week gone but up till now, the government has been evasive.

“Perpetually we have also been having our salaries delayed for no good reason.

“We had our salaries in April paid in the middle of May when other workers in the state were paid in April.

“Other workers in the state have been paid their May Salaries as of 21st of May, 2020 but here we are still expecting the miracle.

“For the records, ARD OOUTH has not received any real commitment on our issues from the government and we have not signed any form of MOU with them.”

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