Doctors strike: CTF hospitals render skeletal services

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General hospitals in the Federal Capital Territory have been seen operating and providing skeletal services to patients due to the start of the national strike by the National Association of Resident Physicians.

Visiting Gwarimpa hospital, Camp Life, Amac regional council of the territory, there was a total absence of doctors as people bringing in patients lamented the negative impact of the strike on their loved ones.

One of the patients in the emergency department, Abdullahi Mohammed, was not taken care of in time, perhaps until a consultant arrived.

Recounting his ordeal, Abdullahi said he was rushed to hospital in the morning and was quickly admitted to the emergency room as he received only a pint of drip injection, but the wound was not treated until later that afternoon after receiving a pint of blood.

Also at the Federal Medical Center in Jabi, there was no record of doctors caring for patients in their departments, as doctors complied with the protest action of the national coordinating body for resident doctors.

According to FMC’s public relations manager, Jabi, Kayode Olomofe, said doctors were on the ground at the hospital premises but fully complied with the strike action launched by the National Association of Resident Doctors who started on Monday.

Olomofe also said that only the trainee and domestic doctors he referred to as “locum doctors” are those on the ground who have been caring for patients since the strike began.

The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has unanimously decided to launch an indefinite strike from Monday, August 2, 2021.

They pointed out that the federal government failed to honor and implement the memorandum of understanding it signed with them after more than 100 days.

Doctors in particular demanded the immediate withdrawal of the circular removing House Officers from the service regime, which has not been applied.

NARD President Dr Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi noted that despite President Femi Gbajabiamila’s efforts to ensure that medical residency training funds were included in the supplementary budget, the federal government had not disbursed funds to its members.

According to Okhuaihesuyi, “The NEC noted the suspension of the full indefinite strike action one hundred and thirteen (113) days ago due to government promises as contained in the Memorandum of Action (MOA) signed at at the request of the Minister of Labor, Sen Dr Chris Ngige.

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