At least 105 medical doctors have resigned in Ondo State in the last year, according to the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA).
Dr. Stella Adegbehingbe, Chairman of the NMA in the state, and Dr. Olorunfemi Owa, State Secretary, blamed this on irregular pay by the government.
According to the group, there has been no replacement of those who resigned, and only three House Officers are left in the service of the Ondo State Government across the three senatorial zones.
The statement read;
“We have it on good records that about 105 medical doctors have resigned their employment from the Teaching Hospital in the last year alone.
“Ondo State has not been able to engage requisite numbers of House Officers since 2019. This has made our work almost impossible because this group of Doctors have a peculiar role in Health service delivery.
“It is troubling to note that only three House Officers are left in the service of the Ondo State Government across the three senatorial zones in the state.
“There is no gainsaying that the ongoing laudable efforts at having a Contributory Health Insurance Scheme in the state can only be successful it the urgent issue of manpower need is adequately addressed.”