Some patients affected by the ongoing industrial action embarked upon by the resident doctors across the country have appealed to the Federal Government to resolve the doctors’ demands amicably to save their lives.
They spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in separate interviews yesterday, in Lagos while reacting to the ongoing nationwide strike by the doctors.
NAN reports that the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) had on Sept. 4 directed its members nationwide to embark on an indefinite strike to pressurise government to meet its demands.
The strike notice was signed by Dr John Onyebueze and Dr Aneke Emmanuel, the National President and Secretary, National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD) respectively.
NAN reports that in the affected hospitals, few patients turned up for consultation and routine clinics in view of the strike.
One of the patients at the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi, Lagos, Mrs Faith Ehijie, who brought her son for routine clinic, said that government should look into their demands in the interest of the poor patients.
While expressing disappointment with the doctors’ action, Ehijie said: “By now, the nation should have gone over the issue of strikes in our health institutions.
“Government should make the doctors’ welfare a priority to avoid these frequent strikes; we all know their importance to the society.
“The clinic routine is not as usual today, because some of the doctors are on strike and this make the process to be slow and caused the delay.
Another patient at the hospital, Mr Adeoti Oki, commended the hospital management and other doctors on ground for their abilities to manage the patients in spite of the resident doctor’s strike.
“We don’t even expect to get this attention, though, it is a bit slow, as you can see, we are still being attended to accordingly.
“We still want the government to please resolve the issues with the doctors that are on strike so that the service can get better,” he said.
Also, at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, there was low turnout of patients, as fewer patients were seen at the major department and clinics.
NAN reports that the Accident and Emergency Unit, which was always busy on normal day, was scanty as well as other units including the Gynaecology and Paediatric Units.
At Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, two patients interviewed said that they had an appointment with their physicians and that they were waiting to see them.
A patient, Mr Badaru Ahmed, told NAN that he was waiting for his turn as a doctor was attending to the patients in the waiting room.
“I am the next in line to see the doctor; a patient is seeing him now and when he is done, I am next, “ he said.
Another patient, Mrs Fatima Ali, who claimed she was not aware of the doctors’ strike, said that she had come for checkup and to also see her physician only to be told that doctors are on strike.
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