Tough time awaits millions of patients at federal health facilities nationwide as they would be stranded following a seven-day warning strike by Resident doctors across the federation.
At the Federal Neuro Psychiatric Hospital Yaba in Lagos, the resident doctors had already withdrawn their services from Wednesday, leaving several patients stranded. The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Richard Adebayo was one of the consultants attending to patients in the wards. Only the consultants are presently attending to some patients. Dr. Bolanle Ajayi, who is President of the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) at the Federal Neuro Psychiatric Hospital Yaba has said that most new cases were being turned back on the ground of the strike which involving almost 60 per cent of the works force. Investigations have shown that resident doctors at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idiaraba, Lagos and those at the National Orthopaedic Hospital Igbobi Lagos have joined the strike as well. While the doctors in Igbobi joined the strike at 2pm on Thursday, ARD-LUTH agreed at a meeting on Thursday to commence the strike early on Friday. Ajayi has said that the on-going strike at the Federal Neuro Psychiatric Hospital Yaba, was at the directive from the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD). The strike may be suspended on Wednesday 25 following further directive from NARD. While debunking claims that the striking doctors were insensitive to the plight of patients whom they had sworn to care for, Ajayi has also said that one of the reasons why we are trained as medical doctors is to care for our patients and we have the care of our patients at heart. “One of the reasons why we embarked on this strike is to agitate for improved care of our patients.” Currently, the consultants in the hospital are working; they are not on strike.”
He urged the Nigerian public to follow the activities of resident doctors so as to know the reasons why the doctors do what they are doing. Similarly, she said the welfare of the public is important to the resident doctors and each time doctors go on strike, they should look at the reason why “we go on strike; it is actually because of our patients.”

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