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COVID19: Resident Doctors shut down Specialist Hospital in Nasarawa

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COVID19: Resident Doctors shut down Specialist Hospital in Nasarawa

***CMD issues no work no pay to striking doctors

From Daniel Abel, Lafia

The Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), Nasarawa State chapter, has said that it’s members at Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital (DASH) Lafia would proceed on a three day warning strike over the harsh and strange policies of the hospital management.

The Resident Doctors announced their decision in a communique issued at the end of her emergency congress meeting held on the 5th of February 2021 at the ARD Lounge.

The communique was co-signed by the President Dr Moses Joshua, General Secretary Dr Molokwu Okechukwu and the Public Relations Officer, Dr Stanley Nwugo.

The doctors whose strike action commences today (Monday) have accused the CMD of unduly suspending residency training program arbitrarily while issuing queries to house officers directly without recourse to the head of departments or even unit consultants of the house officers.

Reacting, Dr. Ikrama Hassan, the Chief Medical Director(CMD) DASH, said that the management has issued a ‘no work no pay’ to resident doctors who embark on strike.

Dr. Ikrama made the declaration in an interview with journalists on Sunday at his office in Lafia.

“We are constantly under threat by resident doctors even where they violate ethical rules and regulations.

Dr. Ikrama pointed out that the disciplinary measure the union complained about was a case of a doctor in the emergency unit who absconded from duty leading to the death of a patience.

He explained that the doctor who resumed duty by 2;00pm said he went out to eat at about 4;00pm and did not returned back after about 2 hours.

The CMD lamented that the hospital lost that patient because nobody could attend to her as at when due. He said that action by the doctor was what led to his query.

” any disciplinary action taken against erring doctors who trespassed rules of engagement in DASH is perceived by doctors and the union as attack on their members. The next thing the union will issue strike warning”.

“There is the “we versus them” syndrome between the resident doctors association Nasarawa chapter and the DASH management and its creating unnecessary upheaval and intimidation of the management by the union”.

Addressing the issues raised by the ARD for embarking on the strike, Ikrama explained that the suspension of the resident doctors training is temporary and meant to address some incessant conflict between the consultancy and the resident doctors.

Dr. Ikrama said a committee has been set up and given four weeks to resolve the existing faceoff between the residency and the consultancy.

The CMD assured that the intended strike proposed by the doctors would not stop services in the hospital because, noting that all the consultants and other medical personnel will be on ground to handle special cases while the emergency unit is not affected by strike.

He stated further that though the number of patience intakes into the hospital may be reduce so as not to overwork the consultants, but the hospital remained open for services to patience.

Ikrama however called on the striking doctors to have a rethink on their decision and return to work since a committee set is working tirelessly to end every complaints raised.

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At last resident doctors bow to pressure, suspend nationwide strike

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At last resident doctors bow to pressure, suspend nationwide strike

The National Association of Resident Doctors, (NARD) on Saturday suspended its 10 days old strike after sustained pressure mounted on them to shelve the strike by stakeholders.
The National President of the Association, Dr Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi said the strike was suspended after series of long hours of meetings with various stakeholders in the health sector.
He said based on their responsibility to Nigerians and the fact that the Federal government has met some of their demands they have no option but to call off the strike.

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Resident Doctors would account for the blood of any patient that dies on account of their ongoing strike action, says senate

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Resident Doctors would account for the blood of any patient that dies on account of their ongoing strike action, says senate

The Senate committee on health has faulted the strike action embarked upon by the resident Doctors which is having a telling effect on patients.

The chairman of the committee Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe said Nigerians would hold the resident doctors responsible for the blood of any patient that dies on account of their ongoing strike action.

Oloriegbe spoke at the public hearing  of the bill entitled  “Federal Medical Centre, Mubi, Adamawa State (Establishment) Bill, 2021” sponsored by Senator Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed (Binani) 

According to him, the National Assembly made every effort to avert the doctors ongoing strike to no avail. 

“We had a marathon meeting just before Easter on March 21st specifically and we agreed on all the issues that were raised by the resident doctors.

He said there three Germain issues which included the payment of salary to house officers which as at that time they also agreed had been essentially been cleared which was the major reason they wanted to go on strike.

“The second one was what they claimed to be payment to local resident doctors, which was an aberration where there was not supposed to be local but the government agreed to commence payment which has started to be done.

“Those are the two critical ones that were germane most of the other issues that were raised were not even issues within the purview of the federal government because they were issues of state governments that owed salaries or something. 

He said they are issues that relate to things that were in 2014, 2015 which was as at that meeting, the Federal Ministry of Finance confirmed that a committee has been set up to look at the other aspects. 

“So we are surprised that the resident doctors went on strike. However, we are not reneging, my counterparts in the house of Representatives are meeting with the resident doctors.”

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World Health Day: Govt decries shortage of vaccines as communities groan over neglect n Nasarawa

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World Health Day: Govt decries shortage of vaccines as communities groan over neglect n Nasarawa

Umar Egbunu Muhammed, Lafia

The Nassarawa State Government has raised the alarm over shortages of essential supplies of COVID-19 vaccines for its citizens who are yet to access the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination particularly the vulnerable persons in the state.

This state commissioner of health, Pharmacist Ahmed Baba-Yahaya made the disclosure during the World Health Day in Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital on Wednesday.

According to him, “The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the light on the inequalities among the citizens amidst shortages of essential supplies, poor people have been pushed to the back of the queue in accessing COVID-19 test kits in the state.”

He continued: “There are several shades of inequalities, discrimination based on gender, place of residence, income, educational level, age, ethnicity and disability to disadvantage of the vulnerable populations across the state.”

He, however, emphasized that there was need to start to act on the social and economic determinations of the people, by working across sectors to improve living and working conditions, particularly the marginalized groups.

While reacting on the challenges being faced by the vulnerable persons in the state, he urged leaders at various levels to work together to address inequalities in their respective countries, specially on COVID-19 vaccines.

The commissioner of health also admonished pharmaceutical companies to expand their manufacturing capacity to overcome current supply shortages in the state, urging wealthy individuals to partner with the state government so that the most at risk populations in all countries could be protected.

Also residents in Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital, Awe, Keana and Obi local government areas and others in the state have expressed worry over lack of access to COVID-19 test in their locality.

Narrating his ordeal, Mr. John Daniel, said they could not access the COVID-19 test in their community, owning to the fact that the health workers trained by the Primary Development Agency in charge of administering COVID-19 tests are focussing on tge rich in the state.

He said: “We are poor people. We have been relegatedto the background because we are not government workers.”

Also speaking to our correspondent, Ovey Timothy, said since the state government commenced the COVID-19 test the health workers have not be able to reach their community.

His words: “We are calling on the state government to urgently intervene and come to their rescue.”

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