Patients crowd hospitals as doctors resume

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Most hospitals in the Abuja on Monday witnessed a huge turnout
of patients following the suspension of the strike by the Nigerian
Medical Association, NMA.

Iliyasu Mohammed, Secretary of Asokoro General Hospital, said
that all the doctors resumed work as directed by the association.

“As you can see the doctors are working, attending to patients, it
is a welcome development and the patients are happy,” he said.

Ohida Onimisi, a resident doctor from the Department of Family
Medicine, said he resumed by 8 a.m. and had seen lots of patients.

Mr. Onimisi, who said he was also on call duty, said that all the
resident doctors had resumed work based on a directive by the
association.

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On the issue of the sack, he said the Senate President had
promised them that the Federal Government would reverse the
decision.

“We had meeting with the senate president and he told us that the
government had agreed to reverse the decision on the sack of
resident doctors. We have lot of trust in him, so we believe what he
told us,” Mr. Onimisi said.

The doctors said even when they were on strike, most of them felt
like coming to see their patients due to the love they had for them.
At the Maitama General Hospital, doctors were attending to
patients but declined comments.

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Tayo Haastrup, the spokesperson, National Hospital, Abuja, said
that doctors had resumed work at the hospital except the resident
doctors.

Mr. Haastrup said they were yet to resume because government
suspended residency programme during the strike.

“We pray everything will be resolved soon to enable them to fully
come back to work,” Mr. Haastrup said.

On August 14, the Federal Government announced the suspension
of the Residency Training Programme in Federal Government
Hospitals pending the conclusion of the on-going appraisal of the
challenges in the health sector.

The announcement was contained in a statement signed by Dan
Nwomeh, Special Assistant to the Minister of Health on Media and
Communications, and Isaiku Yusuf, a Deputy Director of Press.

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However, the statement said the directive was without prejudice to
any emergency measure that might be necessary for the hospital
management to immediately restore full medical services.

(NAN)