Indefinite industrial action of the health workers of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, Osun State has again threatened the operational profile of the institution.
Our reporter, who conducted on the spot assessment round the hospital premises, observed that activities were completely paralyzed, as many departments were under lock and key.
OSUN DEFENDER gathered that relations of patients have started moving out their sick persons en masse out of the hospital, while tears were freely flowing at the Emergency and Accident Units, as patients with critical condition were not getting required attention.
The health workers under the eagis of Joint Action Committee (JAC) are however adamant on the strike action, maintaining that there would be no retreat, if their delayed salaries and monetized entitlements are not paid by the management.
It was observed that both in and out-patients were getting skeletal treatment, as only few consultants on sight were going round the wards.
Some of the workers, who, OSUN DEFENDER suspected to be union leaders, were also seen discussing in groups about the development; none of them was willing to speak with newsmen for the reason that could not be divorced from the management’s wrath.
One of the union members who spoke to OSUN DEFENDER on Wednesday, strictly under condition of anonymity said that the management appears helpless in the face of cat and mouse politics of the two owners’ state, Osun and Oyo.
It would be recalled that the health workers and the hospital management had traded tackle over the salary dispute and the controversial monetization policy in the recent past.
In one of the press conferences organized by the hospital management headed by Chief Medical Director (CMS), Professor Kola Obisesan last year, the owner-states were indicted as not responding fast enough to the pressing demands of the workers.
Besides, the industrial dispute between the management and the workers in the recent past was settled by the Osun State House of Assembly.
It was learnt that Oyo State under the leadership of Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala has started constructing her own teaching hospital in Oyo township, a project that has gained the attention of the governor more than the crisis-ridden one in Osogbo.