Patients groan as Resident Doctors’ strike paralyses activities in Ondo hospitals

Written by on August 11, 2021

By Eniola Olurankinse

The strike embarked upon by Residents Doctors nationwide has continued to take its toll on patients in several government hospitals, as it enters its 10th day.

According to reports, some patients who need urgent medical attention are now opting for private hospitals.

This is just as it appears there is no respite yet for the troubled health sector in Nigeria as the resident doctors strike persist despite the federal government’s order that they should return to work.

As far as the federal government is concerned, the action taken by the resident doctors is illegal and did not follow due process, and the minister of labour, Dr Chris Nigige has vowed to ensue doctors pay the full penalty for going off duty.

In counter reactions, the leadership of NARD says the minister was dully notified of their grivenences and their intention to withdraw their services.

While the dispute continues to gather momentum, checks through some health centers paints a clear picture of the toll the action has taken, as patients remain stranded.

At the UNIMED teaching hospital, Akure staffers continue to witness surge in the number of patients waiting for treatment.

Some private hospitals regardless of the challenge of capacity, now accommodate more patients and it was gathered that at the Federal medical center, Owo, activities are at an all-time low and according to its CMD, Dr. Liyasu Adeagbo Ahmed, operations are at a low rate due to the absence of the resident’s doctors.

Some of the striking doctors believe the federal government shares a large chunk of the blame for the industrial action.

The coming days will reveal which side tips the scales, but what must be made clear is the impact this strike has brought upon the country’s ability to deliver adequate healthcare services to its citizens.

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