By Bode Akinbode Ibadan
The strike embarked upon by the National Association of Resident Doctors across the country has paralysed medical activities at the University College Hospital (UCH ), Ibadan, Oyo State.
A check at the outpatient clinic, children’s clinic, haemotology unit, and cardiac care unit showed the places deserted, as several patients had left to some private hospitals such as Catholic Hospital, Oluyoro. Molly Specialist hospital, Gate, Ibadan, Group Medical hospital, Mokola, Ibadan, Alafia hospital, Mokola, Ibadan, among others
The President of the Resident Doctors, Dr. Zakariyah Hussain said that there is going to be a meeting with government officials on Tuesday, to discuss the way forward, assuring that the striking Doctors are ready to return to work if their demands are met.
The association boss, however, explained that medical and dental personnel are on ground to attend to emergency situation whenever the needs arise, adding that the strike will continue if the government still failed to meet the doctors’ demands
The Head of Information Department of the UCH, Toye Akinrinlola, while speaking with newsmen said the management are always proactive despite the ongoing strike.
He said all the emergency outlets of the hospital such as the Antenatal unit, Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Children Emergency unit and others are still working, adding that consultants are also on ground working which also include, nurses, physiotherapists and the laboratory workers.
The Doctors on 1st of April embarked on protest nationwide over failure of the government to capture its members on Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), as well as, payment of two months salary arrears of Resident Doctors and Medical Officers.