Patients voiced concern over their inability to receive care in public hospitals today as day two of the National Association of Resident Doctors' (5-day) warning strike began.
In public hospitals in Nasarawa State and Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, ABUTH, Kaduna, "where patients were abandoned by the striking physicians, the situation was very bad."
According to Vanguard, "Public hospitals across the nation, in the east, west, and north, experienced the same issues."
"Patients fled to private hospitals as a result of the strike, which is currently driving up business there at the expense of patients."
"Families and relatives of patients who had just been admitted might be observed transferring them to private hospitals in their state." According to the source.
Remember that, "the federal government was unable to meet the resident doctors' requests, therefore last Wednesday they announced a five-day warning strike."
Vanguard reported that, "The shortage of medical personnel, inadequate infrastructure, unpaid medical residency training funds, stalled increases to the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure, and state governments' failure to pay doctors' salary arrears, according to resident doctors, are among the problems that led to the strike." Source stated.
"There were no resident doctors present, especially those on call," when our correspondent visited the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital in Lafia, which is owned by the government of Nasarawa State.
"Some of the hospitals' largest departments, including outpatient, casualty, and maternity, which used to register a high number of patients, were locked, leaving the patients unattended."
Vanguard further reported, The state's NARD chairman, Dr. Yakubu Adeleke Ademola, "was seen touring the hospital with other authorities to make sure resident doctors kept away from the establishment. He claimed they had no choice but to follow the strike order."
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