Kaduna resident doctors join nationwide warning strike
//Godwin Ekosin, Kaduna//
Resident Doctors in Kaduna state Thursday joined the five-day warning strike embarked upon by the National body of Resident Doctors’ Association.
When this Correspondent visited some hospitals which include the Federal Neuro- Psychaitric Hospital, Barnawa, the National Eye Center, Mando and the Ear Care Center, Kaduna, only skeletal services were being provided to patients by Nurses and other medical attendants.
When contacted, the Chief Medical Director of the National Ear Care Center, Dr Aminu Bakari, described the ongoing strike as unfortunate.
“This issue that they are raising now has been there for some time and I know they have been patient about it.
“The minister of health has addressed them and had made alot of effort on these issues and the President also assured them that all their demands will be addressed.
“So i think they should not be too hasty on these but rather exercise patience and give the government the benefit of the doubt because i believe they are addressing the issue.
“In our institution we have different groups of doctors, apart from the resident doctors we have the consultants and they are the ones taking care of the patients.
“In the absence of resident doctors the consultant will not be able to cope as before because of reduction in the activities in the hospital,“ Bakari said.
According to him, the emergency unit is functional and the in-patients are still on admission because the strike is at warning stage and we expect that by Monday they should be back at work.
“Our emergency unit is functional to take care of emergency cases and some consultant are also engaged in the provision of services to cushion the effect of the strike.
“There is no distraction in our activities but we will have to adjust the number of surgery cases we intended to do because only consultant are on ground and we hope it would only end within the five day warning for activities to reusme.“
He appealed to striking resident doctors to call-off the strike and save lives of Nigerians in need of medical attention.
“I am appealing to all the striking doctors and Government to resolved all issues so that they resume work to save the health sector from collapsing.”
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