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DOCTORS IDLE AS MORE PATIENTS ABANDON GOVT HOSPITALS

A-hospital-ward-360x270Abandonment remains the fate of the nation’s public hospitals as the strike by the Joint Health Sector Union enters its 78th day. FEMI ATOYEBI, SAM AWOYINFA, SUCCESS NWOGU and BUKOLA ADEBAYO report

Usually, patients occupy the corridors, walkways and the waiting areas in many public hospitals in the mornings, as they gather to seek medical attention.

In fact, many leave their houses as early as 6am to join the long queue of patients waiting to see doctors and other health workers in the hospitals.

However, the ongoing strike by nurses, pharmacists, radiotherapists, medical record officers and other cadre of health workers in federal and state hospitals has changed this scenario.

Our correspondents, who visited some public hospitals in Ogun, Oyo, Kwara and Lagos states, observed that rather than patients waiting to see doctors, the opposite has become the case.

WORRIES AS STRIKE, FAKE DRUGS THRIVE

As 2015 begins, practitioners in health want the Federal Government to show more commitment in the sector, BUKOLA ADEBAYO reports

Despite the fact that Nigeria successfully checked the Ebola Virus Disease in its tracks less than two months after it crept into the country last year, stakeholders still hold the view that all is not well with the sector.

According to them, there is need to do more this year if the nation’s health care system is to reclaim its lost glory. There judgment is not far from the truth. For one, activities in many public hospitals came to a halt for many months with patients suffering more pain and agony. This followed numerous industrial actions embarked upon by the different health professionals in the sector.

Indeed, critically ill patients were turned back at emergency units of many of the hospitals between July and August last year as doctors, who should tend to their wounds, were at loggerheads with the Federal Government.

Even now, respite is still elusive in the sector as the public hospitals offer only skeletal services. In fact, pharmacists, nurses, physiotherapists, radiographers and other allied workers under the aegis of the Joint Health Sector Union are sitting at home waiting for the Federal Government to heed to their demands.

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