JOHESU STRIKE: Relatives Evacuate Patients From Govt Hospital
People were dying, health conditions were getting worse, and family and friends could not watch their relatives continue to suffer over issues between government and medical staff.
Patients could not see a doctor, buy drugs from the pharmacy, and even run a test. All activities paralysed.
As at the time of filing the report, people besieged Federal Medical Centre to evacuate their patients after the news of a strike circulated.
In Umuahia, the Federal Medical Centre on Wednesday recorded total compliance to the directive by the Joint Health Sector Union, JOHESU, for an indefinite strike over Federal Government's failure to honour agreements reached on September 30 with the health workers.
Addressing the workers, Abia state chairman, JOHESU, Comrade Agwu Kalu said the union has withdrawn its services from the hospital in compliance with the order.
"The strike commenced by midnight on Tuesday, but we could not meet because some of us travelled to Abuja. However, we are here to officially inform the rest of our members that we are taking part and there's no going back."
“It's definite because government failed to give listening ear to several agreements. It is also total as directed by the national body and as from tomorrow (Thursday) we shall begin total monitoring of other centres."
NO WORK: Health workers standing outside the facility
Victor Donatus, who brought in a surgery patient said his son has been abandoned since morning.
"The nurses just reported this morning to advise me to look for a private clinic because of the strike. We are weighing our options because the pharmacies are even closed."
It will be recalled that JOHESU suspended her last nationwide strike action on 30th September 2017 after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding which was to be implemented within five weeks after the date of the suspension.
But it claimed the government has not fulfilled its part of the agreement, hence the indefinite strike.
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