By Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara
As the strike by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) continues, the Ilorin General Hospital has recorded over 50% increase in the number of patients seeking medical services.
It was observed that clinical activities at the health facility have been witnessing an upward swing since the strike started.
Officers at Medical Record Department told our correspondent that the strike has brought about increased patronage by about 50%.
“You know this is a state hospital, and majority of those who registered at federal facilities have been coming here to seek medical services due to the ongoing strike.
“I can say the number of patients have increased by 50% and we have been coping,” one officer who did not want his name mentioned said.
A senior medical officer at Family Medicine (General Out Patients), who also did not want his name mentioned confirmed the increase in patient admissions.
He said: “Yes the strike has increased the number of the out patients we attend to as those that seek medical services at federal facility now come here.
“I can say the number of patients have increased by 60%. Though, it has not been easy, but we are putting in our best.”
Similarly, a Principal Nursing Officer at the Accident/Emergency Unit, who spoke anonymously said the strike has greatly increased the number of patients they attend to on daily basis
“The strike has increased the number of patients we have, compared to when there was no strike by Resident Doctors.
“Before, we do have excess bed spaces but now it is a different story as we could no longer admit patients once the wards are filled.
“Before now, we were having about 15-20 patients and once they are stabilized, we transfer them to the ward so as to admit other patients. But now, we are having more than 30 patients,” she said.
She noted that the staff have been trying their best to deliver quality healthcare at the facility.
Speaking with Westernpost, Mr. Jamiu Owolabi, a relative of a female patient on admission said they are first time caller at the facility, even as he commended the service received so far.
Also, a nursing mother was seen sitting outside waiting to be attended to.
The mother of three came with her son, Mohammed, who sustained an injury on his hand.