Doctors Strike: FCT Hospitals Render Skeletal Services
General hospitals in the Federal Capital Territory were seen operating and rendering skeletal services to the patients due to the commencement of nationwide’s strike of the National Association of Resident Doctors.
Visiting Gwarimpa Hospital, Life camp, Amac Area council of the territory, there was a total absence of doctors as people who brought patients were lamenting about the negative impact of the strike on their loved ones
One of the patients in the emergency ward, Abdullahi Mohammed, was not attended to on time perhaps until the arrival of a consultant.
Narrating his ordeal, Abdullahi said he was rushed down to the hospital in the morning and he was quickly admitted to the emergency ward as he was only given a pint of drip injection but the wound was not attended to till later in the afternoon after receiving a pint of blood.
Also in Federal Medical Center in Jabi, there was no trace of doctors attending to patients in their wards as the doctors complied to industrial action by the national umbrella body of Resident Doctors.
According to the Public Relations Officer of FMC, Jabi, Kayode Olomofe, said the doctors were on the ground in the hospital premises but were complying fully with the strike action embarked upon by the National Association of Resident Doctors which commenced on Monday.
Olomofe also said only doctors who are interns and on house-manship which he termed as “Locum doctors” are those on the ground attending to patients since the commencement of the strike.
The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has unanimously agreed to embark on an indefinite strike from Monday, August 2, 2021.
They pointed out that the Federal Government has failed to honor and implement the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) it signed with them after over 100 days.
The doctors particularly demanded immediate withdrawal of the circular removing House Officers from the scheme of service, which was not implemented.
President of the NARD, Dr Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, had noted that despite efforts by Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila to ensure the Medical Residency Training Funds is captured in the supplementary budget, the federal government has failed to disburse the funds to its members.
According to Okhuaihesuyi, “The NEC noted the suspension of the total indefinite strike action one hundred and thirteen (113) days ago due to government promises as entailed in the Memorandum of Actions (MOA) signed at the instance of the Minister of Labour, Sen. Dr Chris Ngige.”