Health workers' strike cripples services at OAUTH

The ongoing strike by federal health workers at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital (OAUTH), Ile-Ife, on Wednesday continued to take a toll on medical services.

The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) embarked on the strike on Monday to press home some demands.

These demands include the implementation of the presidential committee report on harmony in the health sector and promotion of health professionals from CONHESS 14 to 15.

At the OAUTH, health care services remained paralysed as offices were locked and only a few doctors were sighted in some wards.

Some of the doctors, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said they were on duty on humanitarian grounds to attend to patients whose conditions required urgent medical attention.

Although there is no information on causality recorded, many patients had reportedly vacated their sick beds for treatment in private hospitals.

The hospital’s Public Relations Officer, Olu Bello, said the management of the health institution would prefer restoration of medical services although the strike was national.

According to him, the problem is beyond what the management of the hospital can address at the local level because of the general nature of the strike.

“If the hospital management has a way of getting the workers back to work, it would explore all avenues to do that in the interest of innocent patients,” he said.



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