By Mosunmola Ayobami, Ilorin
The strike by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) is taking its toll on patients in Kwara State as the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) has become shadow of itself due to lack of usual clinical activities.
Some sections of the tertiary health institution, including the theater, family medicine, pharmacy, female and male wards, visited by Westernpost correspondent, have been deserted.
It would be recalled that resident doctors in public hospitals began an indefinite strike on Monday over grievances that include alleged delayed payment of salaries and allowances.
NARD said in a statement on Saturday that salary shortfalls stretching several months, failure to pay some doctors the COVID-19 allowances and shortages of manpower in hospitals were among the reasons that had pushed its members to embark on the strike.
A male patient, who came for medical consultation, told our correspondent that he was asked to come back as soon as the strike is called off.
The patient, who sustained injury on his leg was aided with crutches in company of his wife and daughter.
A female patient, however, disclosed that few doctors only came around to attend to patients who had been on admission before the commencement of the industrial action.
Martins Adedayo, a relative of a patient who had surgery, said they had been on admission for more than two weeks before the strike started.
He expressed the hope his relation responds quickly to treatment so that they could be discharged as soon as possible.
He noted that they have not been discharged because doctors said the patient still needs some close monitoring.