The strike embarked upon by resident doctors entered its second day yesterday without respite for patients and their families.
Except for skeletal services rendered by a few consultants, activities in the country’s public hospitals were lull.
Some relatives and patients, who expressed sadness over the development, said they had no choice but to seek medical attention in private hospitals.
However, the chairman, Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC), Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital (OAUTH), Ile-Ife, Dr Afolabi Owojuyigbe, yesterday expressed optimism that the nationwide strike by resident doctors will soon be over.
He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ile-Ife, that the resident doctors at the health facility had joined the strike which began nationwide on Monday.
He, however, said that consultants and other health workers at the hospital were attending to patients.
The CMAC chairman said the several meetings being held between the federal government and NARD leadership would soon yield results.
Also speaking, NARD president, OAUTHC branch, Dr Simeon Kusoro, said his members had complied with the directive of the national body to embark on strike.
Kusoro said the industrial action was borne out of the federal government’s failure to honour and implement the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed with the association.
He expressed the regret that many doctors had left the country for greener pastures due to the sorry state of the health sector and government’s refusal to prioritise doctors’ welfare.