Medical services were on Monday paralysed at the Abuja University Teaching Hospital (AUTH), Gwagwalada, following the ongoing strike embarked upon by the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) since April 18.

The staff at the X-ray, laboratory and administrative departments were absent while the nurses’ sections in different wards, pharmacy departments and cash offices were locked.

However, some doctors in the hospital were seen attending to only patients with critical issues without folders.

Some of the patients who spoke with NAN in the hospital appealed to the Federal Government to urgently look into the demands of the workers to ease the suffering of Nigerians.

They described the union’s action as worrisome and say it will only increase hardship on the masses.

Mr Musa Ladan, a patient, appealed to JOHESU officials to call off the strike in the interest of the people, adding that the masses always suffer the consequences.

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“I plead with the union to call off the ongoing strike and give room for dialogue in the interest of the people.

“The poor will always bear the burden as they cannot afford access to healthcare in private hospitals.

“There are so many ways of resolving disputes before you can embark on strike and shutting down hospitals because the masses will suffer,” he said.

Mrs Sarah Kaka, another patient, urged the union to consider the plight of the masses, who always suffer more during such actions in the health sector.

Kaka decried the poor attention by government to the nation’s health sector and welfare of health workers in the country.

She, however,called for greater attention to the health sector and workers, saying they deserve priority attention by government.

But Mr Yahaya Sadiq, a member of the JOHESU union, Gwagwalada branch, said the union will not call off strike until their demands are met.

According to Sadiq, the union will not be intimidated by any form of threat.

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