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Doctors Strike: Patients Express Their Frustration As The Strike Enters Second Day

Following the National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD five days warning strike, the patients expressed their frustration over their inability receive treatment as the strike enters second day.

The NARD strike spread round the whole public hospitals in the country. The situation is said to be worse in Nasarawa State and Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, ABUTH, Kaduna, where patients were abandoned by the striking doctors. The strike caused relatives of the patients to start evacuating their patients from the public hospital to a private hospital where they spend exorbitant price to receive treatment.

Recall that the resident doctors had on Wednesday, declared a five-day warning strike following the federal government’s inability to address their demands.

 According to the resident doctors,the reason for the strike includes; poor infrastructure, manpower shortage in the health sector, non-payment of medical residency training fund, non-increments of the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure as well as failure of state governments across the country to pay salary arrears of doctors.

According to the report by Vanguard, the Chairman of NARD in Nasarawa State,Dr Yakubu Adeleke Ademola was seen going round the hospital in company of other officials to ensure resident doctors stayed away from the facility, said they had no other option than to comply  with  the directive on the strike.

During an interview with a patient, Baba Hassan,80years, he told Vanguard that he was in the  hospital to access treatment since morning but was asked to go back or find alternative. Hassan went further to say that he has been suffering from toothache and he had an appointment with the doctor but on getting to the hospital, he was told that doctors have gone on strike and that he can’t afford the medical bill at the private hospital.

Also, Mrs Halima Tanko who gave birth to twins few days ago has expressed her worry that the lives of her twin babies are in danger.

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