A community group, Oke-Ogun Progressive Youths Forum (OPYF), has appealed to Oyo State government to call doctors posted to the state-owned hospitals and maternity centres in the area to order.
The group alleged absence on duty by the doctors, saying this does not guarantee safety of lives of members of the public.
This was contained in a press release issued after the meeting of the forum, at Okeho in Kajola Local Government Area of the state, jointly signed by its chairman, Mr Adewale Adelodun and secretary, Mr Salami Adio, respectively.
According to the release, “We understand that the purpose of establishing general hospitals and maternity centres by the state government is to bring healthcare delivery nearer to the people in a particular environment, but in Oke-Ogun area, the case is different.
“Doctors posted to the area have imbibed the habit of reporting to duty at their own convenient period, to the fact that patients, who need doctors to attend them would not see any. Some patients were even forced to go to private hospitals for treatment since they were unable to find them (doctors) at the government hospital.
“Oyo State Ministry of Health, that posted those doctors to the area expected so much from them, particularly to discharge their duty responsibly.”
The group, however, called on authorities in the Ministry of Health, to, as matter of urgency, wade into the matter and employ those who are ready to work in the communities in the zone.