Patients at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan and some other hospitals across the country have started feeling the negative effect of the ongoing nationwide strike embarked upon by doctors in public
hospitals under the aegis of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA).
However, Chairman of the NMA in Kano State, Dr. Sharfuddeen Mashi, said the doctors would suspend the action to attend to patients in the event of any natural or man-made disaster such as bomb blasts or terror attacks.
Most of the patients, who came to the UCH yesterday were not attended to by the striking doctors.
With the exception of the accident and emergency units of the hospital, all other sections observed the strike.
Patients, who sought medical care at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), National Orthopedic Hospital, Igbobi, Lagos (NOHIL), Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Ebutte-Metta and other public hospitals in Lagos State were not attended to.
In Delta State, relatives of patients across public hospitals had a hectic time evacuating their loved ones to private clinics as doctors in the state complied with the directive for a nationwide strike by the NMA.
At the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Asaba, doctors partially withdrew their services but were sympathetic enough to ensure that in-patients were in proper condition to be moved out of the institution.
Delta State Chairman of NMA, Dr. Uyi Osarenkhoe, confirmed the development to Daily Sun, saying out patients were being turned back as the doctors had already complied with the directives of the national body.
“We are not taking new emergencies except those cases that were admitted before now. We are attending to them in preparation for them to be taken away by their relatives, maybe to private clinics,” he said.