Patients Flood Government Hospitals As Health Workers Resume
Following the suspension of the strike action by health workers under the umbrella of Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU), patients are now patronising public owned hospitals for medical treatment.
JOHESU on Thursday suspended its 6-week nationwide strike at the end of the National Executive Council meeting in Abuja.
A visit to some government-owed hospitals by Bounce News on Monday revealed that some of the departments were filled to capacity with patients who came to assess healthcare services.
The workers, including nurses, pharmacists and laboratory scientists were also at their various duty posts attending to the teeming patients.
At the University of Lagos Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi Araba, all the departments in the hospital were opened, receiving patients.
Cleaners and gardeners were also busy cleaning the hospital premises after the long strike.
The same activities were also observed when our correspondent visited the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja.
The workers were seen in their uniforms in the hospital attending to patients, while workers in the records department were seen opening files for new patients and sorting out old patients.
Johnson Shaba, Chairman of JOHESU, LUTH Chapter, told our correspondent that his members are back at their duty posts.
“The strike has been suspended and we are back to work. We are already attending to the patients.
“Patients who come to the hospital at this time will be received,’’ he said.
One of the nurses in LUTH, Modupe Adewale told our correspondent that she was glad to be back at work, adding that the hospital witnessed huge turnout of patients.
Adewale described the turnout of patients as very impressive, saying nurses have been delivering healthcare services at the maximal level to them.
“I feel very happy to return to work, but we want government to please assist us by looking into our requests as soon as possible,” she urged.
Some patients who spoke with Bounce News said they were delighted to see health workers return to work.
Gbolahan Anifowose, a patient, said; “We are happy that the hospitals are running again. We plead with the government not to allow any disagreement degenerate into a strike because these health workers render essential services.”
Another patient, Beatrice Nwpsu, said that she visited the hospital while the strike was ongoing but was turned back, despite the booking she had for eye surgery.
“I was booked for eye surgery, but I was told to come back after the strike. So, I’m happy that the workers are back to help the doctors.
It would be recalled that JOHESU had embarked on an indefinite strike on April 18 over non-implementation of an agreement reached with the Federal Government.