The doctors are protesting unpaid salaries among others.
Resident doctors in Federal Government-owned hospitals in Lagos and Enugu States on Monday began a three-day warning strike to protest some unresolved issues affecting them.
The National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, through its National President, Jibril Abdullahi, had on May 27, announced that the doctors would begin a three-day warning strike on Monday.
Mr. Abdullahi said at a news conference in Abuja that their grievances were based on residency training and the re-integration of the doctors into the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System, IPPIS.
Others demands include payment of three months’ salary arrears owed doctors in the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri and non-implementation of the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure, CONMESS.
Some resident doctors at the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi, Lagos, were seen rendering skeletal services at the Accident and Emergency unit.
The President of the Igbobi chapter of the association, Akintayo Akindele, said “We have withdrawn our services in areas such as clinics, ward rounds, theatre services, and casualty out patients’ services.
“But, we are still rendering services in the areas of critical emergency and ward call services to alleviate the sufferings of our patients,” he said.
Also, the association President at the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba, Olusegun Akinwotu, said that they have fully complied with the national secretariat’s directive on the strike.
“So, since we are part of the national body we have to comply with the directives,’’ he said.
Only consultants were seen attending to patients at the hospital.
One of the patients at the hospital, Caroline Adaji, decried the incessant strikes by health workers in the government-owned hospitals.
“Strike is gradually becoming a common phenomenon in government hospitals; this is very dangerous because people’s lives are involved,’’ she said.
Another patient, Rukayat Odukoya, said that she came from Isheri, Ogun State, to keep an appointment with a specialist only to discover that the doctors were on strike.
“I was not happy to hear that the specialist, along with other doctors, are on strike,” she said.
Ms. Odukoya then appealed to the striking doctors and the Federal Government to reach an agreement and resolve their differences.
In Enugu, the resident doctors at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, UNTH, Enugu, joined their counterparts in other states to embark on the warning strike.
The President of the association, Obinna Nduagubam, said in Enugu that his members joined the strike as early as 8.00 a.m.
Mr. Nduagubam said, “We just started this three-day warning strike and after it, we will give the Federal Government another 25 days ultimatum, to comply.
“By June 26, we will embark on an indefinite nationwide strike,” he added.
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