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Consultants overwhelmed as resident medical doctors’ strike paralyses well being companies at LASUTH

Lara Adejoro

Because the strike embarked upon by the Nationwide Affiliation of Resident Docs enters its second day, medical actions have been paralysed in government-owned hospitals.

A go to to the Lagos State College Educating Hospital, Ikeja on Tuesday by our correspondent revealed that there was full compliance with the strike directive by the NARD as resident medical doctors stayed away from work.

PUNCH HealthWise findings additionally revealed that resident medical doctors on the Lagos College Educating Hospital, Idi-Araba complied with the strike as they handed over sufferers’ care to senior physicians.

Recall that NARD had on Saturday issued a communiqué after its Annual Normal Assembly of the affiliation’s Nationwide Govt Council introduced that members would begin an indefinite strike, starting from August 1.

Among the points raised by NARD embody the inconsistent cost of salaries, hazard allowances, non-payment of demise advantages, and points surrounding the registration of members on the Built-in Payroll and Personnel Info System.

The strike was additionally to demand the speedy withdrawal of the round eradicating Home Officers from the scheme of service and the hasty implementation of the round by the Lagos State Authorities.

At LASUTH, many new sufferers and outpatients who got here to the hospital had been stranded as a result of solely senior physicians and nurses had been attending to some sufferers.

Nonetheless, consultants who took over the supply of skeletal companies say they’re overwhelmed.

A person who recognized himself as Mr. Femi Ajayi mentioned he was referred from a personal hospital to LASUTH, solely to be instructed that his spouse can’t be attended to.

“I’m simply drained, we got here all the best way from Ajegunle to Ikeja and it’s been a waste of time. It’s an emergency however they are saying medical doctors are on strike. It’s actually tiring. I don’t know what to do anymore,” he mentioned. 

One other feminine affected person who spoke on situation of anonymity mentioned she arrived on the hospital within the early hours of Tuesday however was not attended to.

“I didn’t even know they’re on strike, I got here right now solely to search out out that medical doctors are on strike and so they can’t attend to me however they instructed me to return again on Friday. 

“I simply pray that God will heal me and take illness away from my life as a result of it’s not been a clean one in any respect,” she lamented.

President of the Affiliation of Resident Docs, LASUTH chapter, Dr. Azeez Ojekunle appealed to the Lagos State Authorities to resolve the problems that necessitated the continued strike motion. 

Ojekunle mentioned that some members of ARD had a gathering with the representatives of the Lagos state authorities from the workplace of the Head of Service and its counterpart in Institution, Coaching, and Pension to dialogue and resolve the scenario.

“These are medical doctors which are the frontline well being employees that sufferers see after they go to hospitals. They’re licensed and have been inducted into the medical career.

“They’re working for the federal government and are a part of the scheme of service, as enshrined of their appointment letters. 

Ojekunle mentioned that the affiliation additionally demanded implementation of the Medical Residency Coaching Act and the discharge of the Acts fund for sponsorship of specialisation coaching.

In the meantime, a Marketing consultant Household Doctor LASUTH, Dr. Oluwajimi Sodipo mentioned the consultants are overwhelmed and can’t render full medical companies. 

Sodipo, who can be the Chairman of Medical Guild, mentioned, “The consultants are positively overwhelmed as a result of the resident medical doctors play a crucial position in rendering well being companies. 

“It’s unimaginable to render full companies as a result of the spine of each hospital particularly the specialist centres are the resident medical doctors and even within the ratio, we now have fewer consultants to resident medical doctors.

“So, we now have one guide to about 4 senior resident medical doctors and it’s unimaginable for consultants to do the work alone,” he mentioned.

Additionally, talking with PUNCH HealthWise, ARD President, LUTH chapter, Dr. Oluwafemi Hassan mentioned sufferers’ care has been handed over to the consultants. 

“It’s consultants who handle sufferers; resident medical doctors are simply particular trainees. In case you go to the ward, clinic and emergency unit, you will note that almost all areas shall be abandoned, however after all, it would solely worsen because the strike continues. 

“LUTH is among the greatest chapters of NARD and we’re 100 per cent in compliance with NARD directive. 

“So I can inform you that, for those who go wherever within the hospital, it is going to be abandoned. We now have instructed our members, that NARD has given the directive that every one resident medical doctors must be on strike, and they’re presupposed to be on strike now, together with the Home Officers. 

“This strike is complete and indefinite, which implies all companies supplied by resident medical doctors together with emergency companies, is not going to be out there at LUTH. 

“After all, you recognize that within the instructing hospitals, you continue to have the consultants, however the resident medical doctors are the bulk as we’re the primary on name, we’re the primary contact when sufferers come into the hospital. So, as soon as we’re not out there, it would have an effect on service supply within the hospital,” he mentioned.

Including, he mentioned, “As medical doctors, we love our sufferers, we don’t need to go on strike for any motive, however when all types of dialogue have failed, that’s once we normally go on strike”.

Additionally, the Chairman, Medical and Dental Consultants’ Affiliation of Nigeria, Lagos College Educating Hospital Chapter, Dr. Clement Oluwarotimi mentioned the calls for of the resident medical doctors are germane and there’s a want for the Federal Authorities to satisfy their wants.

“The resident medical doctors are the foot troopers and so they complement our work.

“The place you could have 50 folks working and 10 is now working, then overwhelming is an understatement. 

“Because the strike goes deeper, positively we shall be actually overwhelmed.”

Oluwarotimi, nonetheless, mentioned the consultants will do their greatest to maintain the sufferers however it would have huge results on the well being system.

“Within the wards, there’s no manner consultants will deal with the sufferers that the resident medical doctors will deal with particularly as a surgeon, I can’t function alone and so with out an assistant, there’s little I can do. 

“It means I’m going to be at work around the clock as a result of these individuals are not there.

“Their strike is extraordinarily justified and earlier than resident medical doctors will go on strike, they select their struggle.

“We’ve misplaced a few of us and I don’t have medical health insurance. God forbid something occurs to me. 

“In case you learn their communiqué, what they’re asking is simply too germane.

“My hazard allowance is N5000, what do I do with it if something occurs to me,” he mentioned.

The MDCAN chairman urged the Federal Authorities to prioritise the well being sector and meets the calls for of the hanging medical doctors. 

“There’s only a misplaced precedence by the management of the well being sector. They play politics with our lives. 

“The welfare of medical doctors is what they’re combating for and their calls for are germane,” he mentioned. 

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