The strike embarked upon by the Association of Resident Doctors and Medical and Dental consultants of Nigeria at the chukwuemeka Ojukwu Odumegwu University teaching hospital, Awka, Anambra state, is taken a negative toll on the patients.
All the wards in the hospital were deserted thus compounding the well-being of patients in the health facility. The News Agency of Nigeria reported that members of the ARD had embarked on an indefinite strike on May 13 over what they called poor working conditions, while MDCAN commenced a sevenday warning strike on June 3 over the same demands.
MDCAN had said it would embark on indefinite strike in June if the Anambra state Government failed to address its grievances which bordered on improved welfare and
proper equipment for the hospital.
A NAN correspondent, who visited the hospital on thursday, reported that patients had deserted the wards. The wards that are largely affected are the male and female surgical wards, male and female medical wards, children’s ward, gynecology, Antenatal and children’s Wards.
NAN, however, reported that emergency medical services were going on at the General Outpatients Department, specialist Outpatients and Accident and Emergency and children Emergency Response Units.
A patient in the female surgical ward who said she had spent over a year in the hospital, Ms Ujuka Ifediba, said she had been advised to leave coouth for another health facility. Ifediba said she was brought from Lagos last year after a container fell on her and she had not been able to use her legs since the accident.
the patient, who said she could not leave the hospital as it would aggravate her condition, called on the state government and the striking doctors to find a lasting solution to the face-off to enable them to attend to patients.
she said, “I have been lying faced down for more than a year, doctors have been working on my wound which is gradually healing but the surgery has not been done. “For about two weeks, no doctor has attended to me because they said they are on strike.”
Master Emeka Iloh, a patient in the scanty medical ward, said he had yet to recover but could not go because his mother could not pay his medical bill. Iloh said most patients in the ward had been moved out by their families because the doctors were no longer attending to them.
“I have been here for three months, my problem is that I had an accident which affected my bones, my joints cannot bend normally and I have injury at the back of my lap, they have been treating me but I am not alright.
“they said I should go but the doctors are not here to evaluate what they have done. I have not seen them for about three weeks because they are on strike,” he said. Emeka’s mother, Mrs susan Iloh, who is with him in the empty ward, said they were still in the hospital because of their inability to pay the bill.
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