Patients Appeal To FG To End Doctors Strike

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Isaac Adewole, Minister for Health.

By; PETER NOSAKHARE, Kaduna

With the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) nationwide strike still on, patients are calling on the Federal Government to act quickly by meeting their demands or negotiate with them.
The call is not unconnected with the hike in payment for Medicare since the rise in patronage of private hospitals.
Speaking with the New Nigerian, Mrs. Olatunji Stephen a civil servant in Kaduna said that she took her son to the Ahmadu Bello Teaching Hospital, Zaria for treatment and that they had to wait for hours before a doctor came to attend to over 65 of them who were waiting for Medicare.
“I got to Shika around 8:00am in the morning and had to wait till 3:00pm before one doctor came to attend to over 65 of us. I came back to Kaduna around 9:00pm. I am grateful to God that at least my son received treatment”, she explained.
However, Mrs. Titilayo Folorunsho a teacher was not so lucky as she said that, despite the fact that she got to Zaria early, she waited till 5:00pm without the attention of a doctor.
” I took my daughter to Harmony hospital in Barnawa, they said we should pay 500 Naira for card at this hard times. How much will I then pay for treatment, for this reason I took her to ABUTH, only for me to hear that doctors are on strike. Government should listen to them”, she lamented.
It would be recalled that NARD started an indefinite strike on September 4, 2017 declaring that the federal government has refused to meet up with the agreement they entered over salaries and allowance.

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