Why Doctors In Kogi Still Attend To Patients Despite Strike
Resident Doctors in the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) and Kogi State Specialist Hospital (KSSH) in Lokoja, have continued to render normal medical care to patients in the hospital.
They are members of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), but they are not observing the strike.
The Resident Doctors have a reason.
“Generally, we have minimal strike here because the majority of what the national body of NARD are agitating for have almost been implemented at FMC Lokoja.
“So, the management has to make sure that services are rendered to our patients including surgeries.
“For now, we have been attending to patients as usual,” the Chief Medical Director, FMC Lokoja, Dr. Olatunde Alabi, said.
Doctors and nurses are seen active on their duty posts attending to patients in their large numbers without any hindrance.
Dr. Alabi, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the hospital always engaged enough NYSC members than any other hospital across the nation, saying there are currently 110 corps members to provide services to patients.
The situation is also the same at the KSSH, Lokoja.
The Chairman of NARD in KSSH, Dr. Jafar Abdulrahman, also said members of the association in the state did not join the strike due to the existing ultimatum given to Kogi Government on the same issues.
“The ultimatum will expire by the end of this month, that is why we did not join the ongoing national strike,” Abdulrahaman said.
A patient at the FMC, Mrs Bimbo Olalekan, commended the doctors in Kogi for not joining the strike.
“My two-year-old daughter was having a high temperature and I have to rush her down to the hospital and she was immediately attended to by the doctor on duty. I am grateful to God and to the physicians,” an excited Olalekan said.
NARD embarked on the nationwide industrial action to press home 6 demands, including payment of their salary shortfalls spanning from December 2016 till date.
Other demands are payment of House Officers full salaries, placement of members on their appropriate Grade Levels, stop stagnation of promotion and capture of members on Integrated Personnel Payment Information System (IPPIS).
They are also seeking improved infrastructure and equipment in public health facilities.
There was a setback to efforts of the Federal Government to end the strike early on Thursday.
An over 13-hour negotiation with the Federal government did not yield the desired result and the association insisted it will continue the strike.