The doctors’ strike is in its fourth day.
Medical services have been paralysed at the Federal Medical Centre in Yenagoa, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
This is the result of a five-day warning strike embarked upon by the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA).
The impact of the strike, which is on its fourth day, has negatively affected patients and people who carry out sundry services in the hospital.
The NMA said it embarked on the nationwide warning strike on December18 due to the delay by the Federal Government to meet its demands.
Mark Ebimo, a patient on admission, said “the strike is biting hard on us. I appeal to the government and the doctors to resolve the dispute.”
“Resolving the dispute is for the good interest of people, I have not received adequate treatment since the strike started.
“I don’t have money to transfer myself to private hospital; my prayer is for them to come back to work”, Mr. Ebimo said.
A cross section of nurses in the Surgical Ward, said only the doctors were on strike.
According to them, the action has affected their peculiar activities. “Work has been slow since the warning strike; the nurses and other health personnel have been doing their best.
“We have few patients in our ward, about three of them but they have gone. We have been praying and patiently waiting for the doctors to complete the five-day warning strike.
“I do hope that they will return to work after the five days by Dec. 23. The strike is total; both the senior and junior doctors have withdrawn their services.
“On our part, we are making all efforts to minimise the suffering of the patients”, a nurse said.
On the economic impact of the strike, food vendor, Ann Okeke, said the incessant strikes by the health workers in Nigeria can result in economic retrogression.
“I don’t know why strike should always be a means of resolving industrial disputes. Let us find some other ways for settling industrial disputes.
“Just as it affects the sick people, the food vendors around here have also been badly affected’’, she said.
Efforts made to speak to the NMA boss, Bayelsa chapter, were unsuccessful.
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