Health Workers’ Strike: Enugu Residents Cry Out For Help
It is no longer news that health workers under the aegis of Joint Health Sector Union, JOHESU, have been on a nationwide strike for over 14 days.
Bounce News visited some government hospitals in Enugu to assess the impact of the strike.
A visit to the National Orthopaedic Hospital Enugu and the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Ozalla revealed that undisclosed number of lives have been lost in the two hospitals due to the ongoing strike.
At the National Orthopaedic Hospital, activities were on skeletal basis. Very few cars were seen parked in the premises and just a hand full of patients were seen in the hospital.
Although, doctors are not supposed to be part of the strike, no doctor was seen in the premises as only security guards and a few staffs were seen within the premises.
A non-medical staff of the hospital, who pleaded anonymity told Bounce News that only one or two doctors come into the hospital once in a day to check on patients.
In her words: "As you can see, the whole place looks deserted because of the strike.
"Unlike when we normally open the two gates to ease traffic in the premises.
"Only one gate is in use for now as people rarely come into the facility.
"Only about one or two doctors comes here once in an entire day to check on some patients and then they go back without returning.”
A visit to the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital in Ituku-Ozalla did not reveal anything different.
Another staff, who didn’t want to be named, told Bounce News that doctors rarely come around.
However, despite some deaths due to the strike, patients were still seen in their wards. Most of them were being taken care of by their relatives in the absence of health workers.
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