in tertiary hospitals and their relatives are in agony and pains as the
industrial action embarked upon by the National Association of Resident
Doctors (NARD) enters its third day.
that the doctors have completely withdrawn services in compliance with
the indefinite nationwide strike declared by the national leadership of
and palliative measures put in place by most hospitals have proved
inadequate and unable to cushion the agony of patients. But the union
has blamed the failure of the Federal Government to meet their demands
for the strike.
Onyebuze, the doctors’ service would remain withdrawn until the demands,
which include immediate enrolment under the integrated payroll and
personal information system and payment of all salary shortfalls were
Lagos, a patient, who gave her name as Patience, said she had waited
endlessly to be attended to.
the doctors that came were few and their ward round didn’t cover all of
us. There are a lot of people with critical cases and if they are not
attended to, they may die,” she wailed.
of tests in the next two days after which he be re-examined by his
doctor. He said that might not be impossible, except the doctors call
off their strike immediately.
of patients have started moving them to private hospitals. Although
nurses and other health workers are working, it was learnt that critical
cases that needed doctors’ attention were not being attended to.
that many patients were relocated from the various wards to private
hospitals owned by some of the striking doctors. It was also learnt that
National Youths Service corps (NYSC) members serving who are medical
doctors were attending to patients. Efforts by striking doctors to stop them were foiled by the hospital management.
State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH), who were yet to join as at
yesterday owing to ongoing accreditation of Surgery Department, would
down tools today, president of the chapter, Dr. Tunji Olaoye, said.
after the ongoing accreditation exercise might have ended on Wednesday.
We want to appeal to our patients to bear with us, he said.”
Kolawole Ogundipe, said efforts were being made to ensure that “the
system does not collapse.”
compliance with the directive from the NEC of the National Association
of Resident Doctors issued to state chapters,” UCH’s branch president,
Dr. Olusegun Olaopa, said.He described the strike as holistic as it
affects every department.
in public hospitals in Kaduna State even as nurses and consultants
render skeletal services to fill the vacuum created by doctors.
Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, Lagos joined the strike since
Monday, the Chief Medical Director, said management would not discharge
patients in the wards or turn back outpatients.
Committee (CMAC), LUTH, Dr. Olufemi Fasanmade, in a statement yesterday,
assured that adequate arrangements have been made to ensure continuity
services from staff and we have medical services in place to ensure no
patient suffers. We are hopeful that ongoing negotiations will be
amicable and lead to a speedy resolution.”
nurses, laboratory scientists, pharmacists and other health workers did
whatever they could to assist patients on admission. But unlike in the
past, only few patients were seen in the various wards and waiting
Mamoud, said adequate arrangement had been made to ensure that
consultants and nurses attended to emergency situations, even as he
pleaded with the striking doctors to suspend their action in the
interest of the citizens who are at the receiving end.
of anonymity at the Federal Medical Centre, Keffi, said the strike
would have been averted if the Federal Government had been sincere. “We
embarked on this strike because all other options had failed, it was a
painful decision because patients will be at the receiving end.”
Chief Moshood Abiola and founder, National Association of Resident
Doctors, Dr. Ore Falomo, condemned the strike.
Medical Association (NMA) noted that the nation was already battling
with the strike embarked on by the Academic Staff Union of Universities
(ASUU), saying that NARD’s action was an added hardship on the already
hard put Nigerians.