As resident doctors commenced a five-day nationwide strike action, patients in government hospital are feeling the pinch as most hospitals are rendering skeletal services.
When Nigerian Pilot Saturday visited some hospitals in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, a few doctors were on ground to attend to patients.
At the Nigerian Customs Service, Medical Centre, Karu, just one doctor was on ground to attend to hundreds of patients.
The doctor, who did not want his name in print, lamented the influx of patients into the hospital since the commencement of the nationwide strike.
“I resumed work at about 7am till and work till 8pm. I am the only doctor on ground to attend to many patients. Obviously, most who are from public hospitals cannot afford to go to private hospitals, so they come here.”
“I am still in the hospital at 8pm attending to patients, cleaning wounds and packing excreta, which is not part of my job, I am tired as you can see.”
At the National Hospital, Abuja, the situation was different as consultants were attending to patients.
Head of Department information services, Dr. Tayo Haastrup, told our reporter that the some doctors are still around performing their normal duties in the hospital.
At the Asokoro District Hospital, skeletal clinical activities were being done.
“Emergency and skeletal services are still going on in the hospital,” a staff of Asokoro General Hospital who will not want her name mentioned responded with mixed feelings.
“It really unfortunate that resident doctors are on strike and the government is not serious toward meeting their demand; life is involved here, the nurses are on ground to also assist patients.
“It’s really terrible that we are having a lot of issues at hand and the residents doctors’ strike has added to the already hardship faced by Nigerian; what a pity, I have been here for some hours and yet to see a doctor.”
Mr. Onah Emmanuel a patient lament while pleading to the government to come to the rescue of Nigerian by assenting their demands to say lives.
Mrs. Esther Yakubu, who spoke at the Asokoro District Hospital said, “If I had known that NARD were on strike, I wouldn’t have come to the hospital today. I have spent hours after collecting my card and but I am yet to see a doctor,” she said and added that some patients have left the hospital because of anger.
The doctors’ warning strike, which started on Tuesday, May 11, is expected to last for 5 days to press home their demands.

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