JOHESU Strike: Skeletal Services Offered At UUTH CMD, Others
Again, Nigeria's health sector is grounded by the strike of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU).
Managements of different hospitals across Nigeria are adopting a strategy that will enable them offer service to patients, but is it sustainable?
The services are, however, being provided on skeletal basis in different hospitals.
In Uyo, the Management of the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital (UUTH) promised patients that skeletal services would be provided during the duration of the JOHESU nationwide strike.
The medical staff are demanding for upward adjustment of CONHESS Salary Scale, arrears on skipping of CONHESS 10 and employment of additional health professionals.
Other demands are: implementation of court judgments and upward review of retirement age from 60 to 65.
In Uyo, the Acting Chief Medical Director of the Hospital, Dr Isaac Udo, on Wednesday told reporters that he has secured the cooperation of all doctors in the institution to give their best.
He added that strategies have been put in place to ensure that the strike does not adversely affect operations in the hospital.
However, only patients considered as emergency cases would be attended to while those who are not seriously ill would be sent home.
The strike has started to take its toll on the activities of the hospital, according to Udo.
“It is true there is a strike by JOHESU and it affects the UUTH. For the duration of the strike, there will be skeletal services, not full services.
“We have had series of meetings with all the units in the hospital, the heads of departments of those units and all the doctors.
“The meetings were aimed at drawing up strategies to ensure that we continue to render some services to patients and the public.
“We have made all arrangements; how we will get the health records out, how we will attend to patients and carry out investigations for the patients in the labs," he added.
The Medical Director of the centre, Dr Victor Osiatuma, confirmed the development on Wednesday in Asaba.
Osiatuma however urged the striking workers to consider the plight of patients and suspend the industrial action.
A patient, Mrs Obiageli Okafor, said that she came for an ante-natal clinic.
She was attended to by a doctor but there was no nurse to check her vitals.
The doctor had to carry out some of the services usually provided by the nurses.
She prays the strike will end soon.