Patients lament doctors’ strike

Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH)

Nurses have taken over some duties of the doctors.

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Some patients at the Jos University Teaching Hospital, JUTH, are agitating for an end to the strike by the Nigeria Medical Association, NMA.

They appealed to the Federal Government to hasten in meeting the doctors’ demands in the interest of the common man with health challenges.

A patient, Olufemi Samson, who said he was on admission before the strike commenced, told PREMIUM TIMES on Tuesday that his case was being handled by nurses at the hospital.

“Since the beginning of the strike last week, no doctor has seen me, but to God be the glory, my condition is improving; the nurses are trying.”

A pregnant woman, Talatu Goshi, said she had not seen a Gynaecologist since the strike commenced.

“I have been battling to see a Gynaecologist since about a week ago, but I was told they are not on duty due to the strike,” she said.

A nurse at the hospital, who gave her name as “Nurse Helen,” said that the nurses were being overstretched. She said nurses were undertaking routines meant for doctors.

“We are using our experience to manage most cases that are beyond us,” she said.

A student nurse on attachment, Nora Azi, however, said a few consultants were rendering essential services to patients with cases considered critical.

The Nigeria Medical Association, Tuesday, embarked on an indefinite nationwide industrial action.

The union is demanding, among others, immediate payment of their salary arrears.

The NMA chairman at the Jos University Teaching Hospital, JUTH, Christopher Yilgwan, addressing members during the commencement of the strike last Tuesday said doctors at the hospital would not resume work until their demands were fully met.


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